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Local transit is admirable

“Round, round, get around, I get around.” Remember those lyrics? That’s the joy I feel riding great transit systems with no parking stress.

Spokane County voters admire the accomplishments of the Spokane Transit Authority. With good management, STA reversed recessionary cuts in service. It provided over 11 million rides last year alone. One result was less congestion on our roads and less expense for road repair.

STA has heeded the demands from residents for more service. Proposition 1 is our chance to maintain (45 percent of the proposed spending) and develop the system. Expanded and additional Park and Rides on the West Plains, Moran Prairie, Upriver, Mirabeau, Liberty Lake (along with many more projects) will serve residents scattered around the periphery.

If Prop 1 passes, Spokane will be in a great position to receive over $60 million in outside dollars to leverage the local investment in high performance transit projects, including the Central City Line. No expensive rails are necessary for this particular project. Nor diesel. Quiet and easy to board even for wheelchairs adds appeal. With the possible supplement of paratransit in my senior years, and for my family, the Moving Forward package will assure our mobility.

Dave Plemons


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