Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Transit trash talk

Posted on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM

You had out-of-town visitors to your South Hill home this weekend who wanted to go check out the Artfest/Elkfest happenings in Browne’s Addition, but you didn’t have enough bikes for everybody, and rather than deal with parking in crowded Browne’s, you thought, “Maybe we should just take the bus.” Then you realized that would mean waiting for half an hour to catch a bus downtown, where you’d wait at the Plaza for a while longer, before being able to catch a second bus that would take you to Browne’s Addition. All for a one-mile trip.

Mad?

You’re who the City of Spokane and the Spokane Transit Authority would like to hear from. The two agencies are looking for ways to improve the current system — to connect the dots, spur development, and make the system work for everybody. Want a streetcar? An aerial tram? A holodeck? Get thinking. The project is planning two public forums for June 29.

Among the weaknesses the agencies already admit: the system isn’t designed for casual, non-commute riders; it’s hard to understand; it takes too long; it doesn’t run enough; it doesn’t run late enough. We’re sure you can come up with even more. Make your voice heard on the comment boards at Connectspokane.org, or show up in late June.

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