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Bloomsday 2015: Road Closures, Parking and Bus Routes

Bloomsday is Sunday May 3, 2015! Bloomsday is Sunday May 3, 2015!
SPOKANE, Wash. - With tens of thousands of people converging on downtown Spokane this weekend for Bloomsday, we wanted to make sure you know about all the road closures you may run into. 

Here's how it shapes up:


In an effort to make the trek to Bloomsday Check-In less stressful, and to reduce traffic on Spokane Falls Boulevard, Bloomsday will be providing a Durham School Services shuttle bus service from the Spokane Arena to the Convention Center. The shuttle will run from one hour before Check-In opens until one hour after it closes on both Friday and Saturday. Riders should look for the yellow buses. There's no charge for the shuttle, but parking at the Arena is $6.00. Parking is also available at downtown lots and meters all weekend.

In addition, both sides of the road on Browne Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Main Avenue will be available for cars dropping off participants who are picking up race packets.


On Bloomsday morning, parking is available at the Arena and dozens of lots downtown. Organizers urge those driving to carpool to reduce congestion. In addition, the STA will be facilitating travel to and from downtown with their popular Bloomsday shuttle, which operates from four satellite locations. Drop off and pickup for the shuttle will be on 1st Avenue between Post and Stevens. Those who didn't sign up for an STA Bloomsday shuttle pass during online registration can purchase one at the Bloomsday Trade Show.

For those not participating, travel through downtown on Sunday morning will be available on Ash, Maple, Division/Browne, and Hamilton which remain open all day on Bloomsday. Streets near the start (downtown Spokane) and finish (MonroeStreetBridge) are closed beginning at 5:00 a.m., and reopen about 2:00 p.m. Other streets on the Bloomsday course begin closing at 7:30 a.m. and reopen after the final walkers pass. This will be as early as 11:00 a.m. for Riverside west of Monroe, and as late as 2:00 p.m. for Broadway west of Monroe.

Regular bus riders (not Bloomsday shuttle riders) should note that the Plaza will be closed to bus traffic on Bloomsday morning. All downtown routes will detour and use an alternate boarding and alighting area. 

STA Bus Information

Ride STA to Bloomsday

Join us for the big race on Sunday, May 3, 2015! Check back often for updates about STA service during Bloomsday and how it affects other service during the race.

STA will have a booth at Bloomsday Check-In on May 1 and 2 to sell bus sticker passes and to provide any additional information.

Fare Information

Regular Sunday service fares remain the same. Passes, cash, transfers, as well as the $1.50 Bloomsday Shuttle sticker will be accepted on all regular service on Bloomsday. Without a pass, you can still use the shuttle service for $1.50 each way on race morning. Exact change is required. 

Downtown Detours and Alternate Zones

Due to the closure of many downtown streets for the race, The Plaza will be closed to bus traffic on Bloomsday morning. All downtown routes will detour and use an alternate boarding and alighting area. Click the following link to view the Downtown Bus Service Detours and Alternate Zones Map flier. STA operates earlier than normal inbound service on some routes. Click the following link to view the List of Routes with Earlier Service flier.

Remember the Two-Hour Rule

Due to Bloomsday's staggered race start times, STA has coordinated its express shuttle pick- up and return times to shorten your wait time at the starting line and be there for you after the race. Be mindful of your race number's color, which determines your starting time; arrive at your shuttle stop at least two-hours prior to ensure you get enough time to warm up or stretch.

Express Shuttles

Shuttles run to downtown: 6:30-8:30 a.m.

Shuttles run from downtown: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Each Shuttle lot is serviced by regular fixed route operations until 7 p.m., catch the bus at The Plaza.

Spokane Transit Bloomsday Express Shuttle Locations

• Spokane Valley Mall: Board near Hong Kong Buffet eastbound on Indiana - Click the following link to view the Valley Mall Passenger Staging Procedure

• Ferris High School: Board near 37th and Regal

• Northtown Mall: Board on east side of the mall near Lidgerwood and Wellesley

• Cheney/EWU: Board at the Red Barn near 7th and Washington Click the following link to view more information on Express Bus Service EWU/Cheney

Bloomsday Paratransit Service

STA Paratransit service is available on Bloomsday for people with disabilities. Regular fares apply. Paratransit will drop off and pick up passengers at Fire Station #1, at Browne and Riverside. For reservations, please call 328-1552 (TDD 327-6055).

Additional Early Service on Route #61 Highway 2 via Browne's Addition. Click the following link to view more information: Service From West Plains, Airway Heights, Fairchild AFB, Northern Quest Casino and Sunset Hill

Backpack Restrictions

The Bloomsday Run has restriction on backpacks at the starting line, on the course, and at the finish line. 

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