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Pence-Cole Valley Transit Center
STA transit center
Location10501 E 4th Ave., Spokane, WA 99206
Coordinates47°39′15″N 117°15′47″W / 47.654061°N 117.262960°W / 47.654061; -117.262960
Owned bySpokane Transit Authority
Bus stands10
Parking236 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesBicycle lockers
Disabled accessYes
Passengers2,595 (avg. weekday, 2015)[1]

Pence-Cole Valley Transit Center (also Valley Transit Center or VTC) is a transit center and former proposed site of a light rail station in the Spokane Transit Authority route system. It is one of Spokane Transit's three primary transit centers, along with the Spokane Community College and STA Plaza, and is the main transit hub for Spokane Valley.

History and transformation of transit in Spokane County[edit]

In the early 1980s, then-unincorporated Spokane Valley and its surrounding area was home to over 90,000 residents but was served by just two bus routes. At the time, public transportation in the Spokane region was controlled by the City of Spokane's owned and operated Spokane Transit System. Therefore, both routes headed toward Downtown Spokane, making transfers and connections within the Valley impossible. Riders had to needlessly travel 7 miles out of direction just to make a connection to the other route serving the Valley. Additionally, due to funding issues with the existing system, routes destined for outside city limits were in danger of being eliminated on April 1, 1981.[2] To save transit service outside Spokane city limits, voters approved a plan on March 10, 1981 to replace the City of Spokane's owned and operated system with a new, county-wide transit system, known as Spokane Transit Authority.[3] Voters overwhelmingly passed the measure by over 70 percent. Voter eligibility represented over 90 percent of the residents in Spokane County.[4]

A second major purpose of the county-wide taxpayer funded transit system was to radically transform and develop public transportation outside the city limits of Spokane. The Pence-Cole Valley Transit Center was a cornerstone of that plan.[5] The construction of the transit center, which opened in 1989, enabled localized transit to be a possibility for Spokane Valley. Numerous local routes were developed, as well as regional routes that allowed passengers to travel directly to major activity centers around the Spokane region, without having to pass through Downtown Spokane. Today, the VTC serves as the terminus and connecting hub for six STA routes.[6]

Because of the transit center's historical prominence in the transformation of Spokane Transit's operations, the center is named for former Millwood mayor and STA board member, Clarence Pence,[7] as well as Bob Cole, who played prominent role in the aforementioned expansion of public transportation in the Spokane region.[8]

Early 2000s light rail proposal[edit]

The Pence-Cole Valley Transit Center played a key role in STA's early 2000s light rail proposal. The transit center would have been incorporated into the proposed University City Station[9] which was identified as one of three key stations along the light rail route that would spurn nearly $1 billion in transit oriented development under the principles of new urbanism. Forecasts projected the station to be a catalyst for the development of the University City town center, which would have seen as many as 2,300 residential units, 231,000 square feet of office space, and 115,000 square feet of retail space developed over time.[10]


Bus routes[edit]

Route Bay(s) Termini Via Notes
90 9 STA Plaza Sprague Ave.
95 10 Mirabeau Point Park & Ride University Rd., Broadway Ave., Flora Rd., Indiana Ave.
96 3 Mirabeau Point Park & Ride University Rd., Pines Rd., Mission Ave.
97 1 Mirabeau Point Park & Ride University Rd., Ave., Sullivan Rd.
98 2 Liberty Lake Park & Ride Sprague Ave., Appleway Ave., Mission Ave.
173 8 STA Plaza
Liberty Lake Park & Ride
Interstate 90 Peak-only commuter route


  1. "Annual Performance Report – Passenger Facilities Edition No. 4 (2015 Data)". Spokane Transit Authority. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. Tabor, Brenda (2 March 1981). "Mass Transit: Election will decide course of bus system". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. "Spokane Transit Celebrates 35th Anniversary". Spokane Transit Authority. Spokane Transit Authority. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. Sher, Jeff (11 March 1981). "Bus plans win". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. Tabor, Brenda (2 March 1981). "Mass Transit: Election will decide course of bus system". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. "STA System Map" (PDF). Spokane Transit Authority. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. Hansen, Dan (9 December 1989). "Millwood open house Monday will honor mayor". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  8. Little, Melodie (14 July 2004). "Bob Cole was a father, storyteller, activist". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  9. "Preferred Alternative Alignment Characteristics" (PDF). Spokane Light Rail. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  10. Ripley, Richard (25 November 1998). "Light rail spending to jump". Spokane Journal of Business. Retrieved 22 August 2016.

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