The Spokane Transit Authority recently raised their rates for all passengers. This decision affects many Eastern students who use public transportation to commute to the Spokane Center downtown and the Cheney campus.
Effective February 1, 2002, both youth and adult fares rose to a dollar each, up from the previous $.75 rate. The price for the monthly passes have also risen, with adults (ages 19-64) now paying $33 (previously $25) and youths (ages 6-18) paying $26 (previously $19).
Along with bus fare increases, the transfer policy has also changed. The old policy allowed people to transfer on all routes and directions valid for 90 minutes on the date issued. The new policy, however, shortened the validation time considerably and made transfers valid for only 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and up to 60 minutes validation after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Despite the fare increase, some students at Eastern haven’t complained too loudly. According to one individual, it wouldn’t make much difference if they did: “What am I gonna do?” said one student who rides the bus twice a week, “I still gotta get home.”