With the recent acquisition of the Milwaukee Railroad right of way (ROW) by Spokane County, there has been renewed interest in establishment of passenger rail service to Spokane. In response to this interest and active lobbying by Citizens on Light Rail Transit (COLT), the Washington State Department of Transportation funded this study of Light Rail Feasibility in Spokane.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not there is a viable role for light rail transit (LRT) in Spokane over the next several decades. The study process took forecasts of future population, employment and household growth in the Spokane planning area prepared by the Spokane Regional Council (SRC, formerly Spokane Regional Planning Conference) and, using a computer modeling process, prepared estimates of potential LRT patronage on assumed LRT lines in two corridors of the region. These ridership forecasts were a primary criterion for the feasibility evaluation.