STA and EWU Celebrate the Opening of Eagle Station
Spokane Transit Authority (STA) celebrated the completion of Eagle Station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local leaders, Eastern Washington University (EWU) staff and students, and transit fans who traveled to welcome one of the region’s newest investments in public transit. .
Eagle Station was built to accommodate more than a thousand daily commuters on Routes 6, 66 and 661, which connect EWU to Spokane. The station boasts a bold design that incorporates EWU colors and features a covered and heated waiting area in addition to better accessibility for passengers.
“It’s a great day to celebrate our region’s collaboration on this incredible facility,” said E. Susan Meyer, CEO of STA. “This is an iconic, functional, and beautiful station to bring to the students, faculty, and staff of Eastern Washington University and the City of Cheney.”
EWU President Dr. David May underscored the importance of the day.
“Today is Earth Day and using public transportation is just one of the many ways EWU is committed to sustainability,” he said. “Public transportation, including this station, provides greater accessibility for members of our community.”
“Eagle Station is a perfect example of Spokane Transit’s mission to be a valued partner in our communities,” added Cheney Mayor Chris Grover. “I am proud of STA’s commitment to providing high quality service to its customers.”
Eagle Station features a permanent land acknowledgment plaque, which was highlighted in remarks by EWU Tribal Relations Manager Erin Ross. She noted the significance of the recognition, which reads: Eastern Washington University resides in the traditional homelands of the Spokane people and other tribes who are bound by their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their ancestors who are here and bring the knowledge of this place – the knowledge that comes from the land.
Eagle Station is part of the future Cheney Line, which will increase the quality and capacity of STA service between the EWU campus and downtown Spokane. Cheney Line is a component of STA Moving Forward, a 10-year plan to maintain, improve, and expand public transit in the Spokane area.
Funding for the project came from STA and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Regional Mobility Grant Program.