Spokane Youth Card an Overwhelming Success in First 13 Days

Fianna Dickson, 509.625.6297

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8:36 a.m.

The Summer Youth Card pilot program is an overwhelming success, nearly running through our initial order of 4,000 cards since launching June 13.

2,000 additional cards are on the way, anticipated to arrive by the end of the week. When they become available again, we will make an announcement.

Cards are distributed from all six Spokane Public Libraries, with the most cards checked out from the Downtown, Shadle, and Hillyard branches.

More than 13,000 rides have been taken by students using the Summer Youth Card. Ridership is highest during the weekdays.

“We are thrilled this pilot is doing exactly what we set out to do, in alignment with our joint Administration-Council Strategic Plan, One Spokane. It’s reducing the transportation barrier for youth, and connecting them with libraries, parks, recreation, and community programming,” said Mayor Condon. “I’m grateful for our partners that came together to make this happen. I can’t wait to hear stories from Summer Youth Card holders about how this card made their summer.”

The Summer Youth Card provides free, unlimited STA bus rides to any K-12 student who lives in the City of Spokane, and free skate rental at the Numerica Skate Ribbon this summer.

The goal of the pilot program is to allow more students to access great free programs available around the City, including free swimming at the City’s six pools, summer reading programs at the libraries, skating at the Numerica Skate Ribbon in Riverfront Park or at City skate parks, programming at community centers, and more.

The pilot program is a partnership with the City of Spokane, Spokane Transit Authority (STA), Spokane Public Schools, Spokane Parks & Recreation, and the Spokane Public Library. The cards are valid until September 15.