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Spokane’s rapid transit bus project, the City Line, was scheduled to launch in May. Supply chain issues triggered by the pandemic will push the start date back to 2023.

The City Line is designed to operate more like a street care than a traditional bus route. A key component of that plan is new bus stations.

Brandon Rapez-Betty, the director of communications for the Spokane Transit Authority, said the agency needs about 2,000 linear feet of tube steel to build the bus stops along the route.

That material isn’t currently available due to supply chain issues.

Spokane Transit is offering free rides to people who need help getting to a Covid vaccination appointment.

The agency says, from now until June 12, it will offer door-to-door rides as an incentive with a second free ride a few weeks later if the vaccine recipient receives a dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

People who take advantage of this will ride on S-T-A’s paratransit vans. The agency says up to three passengers will be aboard, sitting at least six feet apart. Passengers must wear masks while onboard.

Spokane Transit has suspended bus fares temporarily while the county deals with restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus.

The agency’s ridership is way down in this ‘stay-at-home’ time. Passenger numbers are about a third of normal. The number of people riding the paratransit vans is one-fifth of normal.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Spokane Community College Transit Center.

Transit officials say the center will allow for better connection to Spokane, Spokane Valley and Millwood.

CEO Susan Meyer says the center will be a real benefit for SCC students.

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On Saturday, the cost of riding a bus in Spokane County will go up.

"The new fare increase is a 25 cents for the regular adult fare from $1.50 for a two-hour pass to $1.75. And I say a two-hour pass because it’s good on any route for a two-hour period,” Otterstrom said.

That’s Karl Otterstrom, the director of planning and development for Spokane Transit.

It’s the first part of a two-part fare increase. The second part will come a year from now, to two dollars.