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STA's Fleet

Our vehicles serve the Spokane region by facilitating millions of rides each year.

Operators are trained to handle all types of weather conditions, and are backed by teams across the agency that include mechanics, road crews and dispatchers. All maintenance of STA vehicles is done in-house, including body shop repairs, painting, engine and transmission rebuilds, and even upholstery refurbishing. Our buses typically travel over two million miles during their service life, will have had three engine and two transmission rebuilds, and several new paint jobs. 

As of January, 2022, the STA fleet consists of 167 buses and 108 Paratransit vans. As more vehicles are added, STA continues to explore new zero emission technologies. 

Vehicle Models

The STA fleet consists of 167 buses and 108 Paratransit vans. Click on a vehicle below to learn more.

Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 60'​

STA’s all-electric articulated Xcelsiors are exclusive to City Line, which will run from Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College and connect downtown to the University District, including Gonzaga University.

These are STA’s first five-door buses with left-side boarding. They are also our first four-wheel drive buses. Three electric motors power the vehicles — one motor drives the rear wheels, and two motors for the center axle wheels.

The vehicle’s battery is located on the top of the vehicle. Charging is done by lowering copper-lined pantograph arms from overhead. The arms connect to copper rails on top of the bus and apply 5 lbs. of tension, triggering the flow of electricity into vehicle’s battery. This type of overhead charging is three times faster than traditional plug-in charging. STA has installed overhead charging stations on the Spokane Community College campus at the SCC Transit Center, and at STA’s Boone Northwest Garage.

The uniquely-branded City Line vehicles will begin service in 2023, but can occasionally be spotted on the streets now as they undergo testing and driver training. Learn more about City Line.

Propulsion

Electric

Vehicles

10

Length

60' 10"

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

123

Weight

50,640 lbs.

Route

City Line

Manufacturer

New Flyer

Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40'

These battery-electric vehicles were the first to feature the STA’s new ‘blue wave’ design. They are powered by next generation high-energy batteries and charge at Moran Station and STA’s Boone Northwest Garage.

Charging can be done by overhead or plug-in, or by stepping on the brakes. Regenerative braking technology allows energy generated by braking to be redirected back to the vehicle’s batteries. Up to 30% of the power needed to operate the vehicle can come from regenerative braking. STA operators have found that during winter, all of the energy expended to heat the bus is gained back by normal application of the brakes.

STA’s 40-foot New Flyer Xcelsiors are exclusive to Route 4 Monroe-Regal.

Propulsion

Electric

Quantity

2

Length

40'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

84

Weight

32,500 lbs.

Route

4

Manufacturer

New Flyer

ZX5

Proterra ZX5’s have a range of up to 300-miles per charge and are the latest battery-electric vehicles to join the STA fleet. While ZX5’s have the same ‘blue wave’ livery design as STA’s Xcelsior all-electric 40′ buses, they can be identified by their flat, one-piece front windshield and classically-styled rear lights. They are also the only buses in the STA fleet with a rear window.

Another unique feature is the location of the battery on the bottom of the vehicle instead of the top. Charging can still be done from overhead as well as by plug-in, and takes place at Moran Station and STA’s Boone Northwest Garage.

ZX5’s went into service in late 2021 and serve Route 4.

Additional ZX5’s will soon be added to the STA fleet and will serve other routes. They will be equipped with next generation 625 kw/h ZX5MAX batteries, and will be able to travel up to 321 miles on a single charge.

Engine

Electric

Vehicles

2

Length

40'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

77

Weight

31,900 lbs.

Route

4

Manufacturer

Proterra

XD40

XD40’s are coming soon to STA!

Look for XD40’s in the traditional STA livery and a new ‘stars & stripes’ design in 2022.

Propulsion

Diesel

Quantity

10*

Length

40' 2"

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

42

Weight

25,000 lbs.

Wheelbase

283.75"

Manufacturer

New Flyer

* Arriving 2022

Xcelsior 60' Artic

The beloved articulated STA bus seen on the streets since 1986. The first articulated STA buses were affectionately nicknamed “wiggle-wagons” by operators.

Buses added to the fleet beginning in 2017 are 61′; earlier models are 60′. With different generations of Xcelsior 60′ Articulated buses purchased by STA over two decades, design variations in the fleet include two and three-door versions and different windshield styling. They run primarily on Route 25 and Express routes where higher capacity is needed.

The main benefit of an articulated bus is the ability to hold a larger number of passengers, although some STA drivers say they are easier to drive because of the tighter turning radius.

Propulsion

Diesel

Quantity

20

Length

60', 61'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

123

Weight

41,000 lbs.

Wheelbase

302"

Manufacturer

New Flyer

Gillig 40' Hybrid

Gillig 40′ Hybrids went into service in 2007 and were STA’s first hybrid vehiclesAlthough they are electric-diesel hybrids and not true zero emission vehicles, they mark the beginning of STA’s move towards a creating a sustainable fleet.

Gillig 40′ Hybrids can be identified by the raised battery bed on the top of the rear of the vehicle. At speeds of 10 mph or slower, the bus uses low-torque power from the electrical drive system to move the bus. An onboard computer utilizes a series of sensors to accelerate the diesel engine at higher speeds. 

Propulsion

Electric / Diesel

Quantity

25

Length

40'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

80

Weight

28,980 lbs.

Wheelbase

279"

Manufacturer

Gillig

Gillig 30' Hybrid

These hybrid vehicles are exclusive to STA’s ShuttlePark program and Route 12, and can be seen looping between the Spokane Arena and downtown.

While Gillig 30 Hybrids now have the standard STA livery design, until several years ago they were decorated with designs by local artists celebrating Spokane’s downtown culture.

Their shorter wheelbase allows for sharper turns on tight streets. Along with standard Gillig 30′, these are the shortest buses in the STA fleet.

Propulsion

Electric / Diesel

Quantity

3

Length

30'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

54

Weight

24,000 lbs.

Route

11, 12

Manufacturer

Gillig

Gillig 40'

A proven workhorse, Gillig 40’s were first introduced into STA’s fleet in 2006 and adorned with the classic ‘STA wave’ livery design. These were some of the first low floor buses purchased by STA, and offer easier boarding and alighting for people with mobility restrictions.

They remain the most common model of STA bus and are known for their durability and reliability, especially in snow and icy conditions.

In 2021, a Gillig 40′ was chosen to bring back the vintage livery design from the 1980’s for STA’s 40th anniversary.

 

Propulsion

Diesel

Quantity

99

Length

40'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

80

Weight

27,420 lbs.

Wheelbase

279"

Manufacturer

Gillig

Gillig 35'

These shorter Gilligs are scheduled to be phased out and gradually replaced with 40-foot coaches like the Proterra ZX5 and New Flyer XD40.

Propulsion

Diesel

Quantity

3

Length

35'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

72

Weight

25,720 lbs.

Wheelbase

235"

Manufacturer

Gillig

Gillig 30'

Riders on Routes 11 and 12 know Gillig 30’s on sight by their stubby appearance. Along with the hybrid version of this model, these are the shortest buses in the STA fleet.

Propulsion

Diesel

Quantity

3

Length

30'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

54

Weight

22,360 lbs.

Routes

11, 12

Manufacturer

Gillig

Transit Starcraft

STA operators like Ford Starcrafts for their narrow chassis, few blind spots and overall ease of maneuverability. The driver’s seat is more ergonomic than similar models.

Paratransit riders appreciate the lower floor and platform, which allows a clear line of sight out the windows. In addition to front-facing seating, Starcrafts also have sideways seating which some passengers prefer.

Propulsion

Gas

Quantity

40

Length

23' 9"

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

11

Weight

10,360 lbs.

Wheelbase

156"

Manufacturer

Ford

Aerotech

Chevy Aerotech’s are known for their excellent handling in snowy conditions. They also have great heating thanks to three strategically-located high-output heaters.

The entrance is considered one fo the easiest for passengers to navigate, thanks to a network of handrails mobility-challenged riders can use to pull themselves in.

Propulsion

Gas / Diesel

Quantity

28

Length

24'

Country of Origin

USA

Capacity

15

Weight

10,950 lbs.

Wheelbase

159"

Manufacturer

Chevrolet

Livery

The 'STA stripe' livery of the 1980's.
The first STA bus with the updated 'blue wave' livery, a 2021 all-electric New Flyer.

Livery is a transit industry term referring to the paint or vinyl wrap design on a vehicle exterior. 

Most STA vehicles currently in service have a traditional ‘STA wave’ livery inspired by the green, white and blue theme of the 1974 Expo World’s Fair held in Spokane. This design was originally envisioned with green elements at the bottom representing land, and blue elements above representing the sky.  But when the livery was first applied to STA  buses in the 1980’s, a vendor error resulted in the designed being flipped upside down with green on top and blue on the bottom. The livery proved popular with the public, and STA opted to make this ‘flipped’ livery the standard.

2021 saw new liveries as STA added zero emission vehicles to the fleet. An update to the traditional wave resulted in the new ‘blue wave’ seen on Route 4 all-electric buses. For City Line, STA designers created a unique livery inspired by the Lilac City and incorporating motion lines. And a livery from the 1980’s was brought back to commemorate STA’s 40th anniversary.

Spokane Transit's Zero Emission Future

STA began moving toward a zero emission fleet in 2007 with the purchase of the Spokane region’s first hybrid buses. Since then, the agency has studied multiple alternative fuel technologies and added three models of zero emission battery-electric buses to the fleet. 

Zero emission technology offers both environmental benefits and a lower operation and maintenance cost over the life of the vehicle. As zero emission technologies continue to evolve, STA remains committed to pursuing sustainable fleet solutions.

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