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Getting There archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014

Google's self-driving prototype, which will hit the streets of California in 2015. Image source: Google

Are we ready for self-driving cars? 

Let's start out by saying that self-driving cars are terrifying. I can't imagine anything that would palpitate my heart more than letting go of the wheel while my car barrels down South Lincoln Street toward the gauntlet of downtown Spokane.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014


MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2014

Washington Water Power car No. 96 had finished distributing newspapers for local delivery by paper boys and stopped in front of the Review Building at Monroe and Riverside before returning to the carbarn. The newspaper cars usually ran early in the morning, beginning work at about 2:30, and finishing around 5 a.m. Photo courtesy of Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Ingalls Photo

Happy Holidays from Getting There

Washington Water Power car No. 96 had finished distributing newspapers for local delivery by paper boys and stopped in front of the Review Building at Monroe and Riverside before returning to the car barn. The newspaper cars usually ran early in the morning, beginning work...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2014

The city of Spokane is mulling a parking enforcement plan to boot and tow repeat offenders of overtime parking at downtown meters. (Jesse Tinsley)

Four parking innovations - from the future!

The city of Spokane announced today that it was expanding its pay-by-phone feature from just a few meters near City Hall to all 3,500 meters in its system. The technology is innovative and convenient, and many parkers will surely applaud the new feature. But there’s...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014

On Aug. 31, 1936, Car No. 202 was publicly “cremated in the big bonfire” at Natatorium Park to mark the final replacement of trolley cars with busses, “its formal demise via the torch.” The Spokesman estimated 10,000 people lined Summit Boulevard to watch it burn, and “many others thronged the lawns and paths in the park below, seeking a vantage spot.” The car reportedly had traveled 1,625,789 miles during its 26 years in service, and covered an average of 191 miles a day. Up to 60 people could fit on the trolley, and it was among the largest ever used in Spokane. This adorns the walls of STA’s headquarters, and it shows No. 202’s last journey. (Spokane Transit Authority)

An underground history of Spokane trolleys 

In today’s paper, we reported on a decision yesterday by the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors to let voters decide whether to increase sales tax by 0.3 percent to fund a plan that would extend hours and expand service to new areas, as well...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014


In this Monday, June 30, 2014 photo, a car moves on a serpentine road past snow-capped peaks near Zoji La in Indian-Kashmir, India. Many Tibetans say that being in the mountains make them miss their homeland. (Tsering Topgyal / Associated Press)

Winter tires: Which do you prefer? 

As we wait for winter to wallop our roads, it’s never too early to talk tires. Last winter, I commuted about 200 miles a week in my 2013 Honda Fit. Obviously, it’s not the heartiest of vehicles, but it performed amazingly well after I began...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

Do you live along an old streetcar route? 12 

The first streetcar in Spokane was pulled by horses in 1888. After going electric following the Great Fire of 1889, the streetcars that trundled along Spokane's streets were operated by a number of companies including the Spokane Street Railway, Ross Park Street Railway Company, Spokane...

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Spokane cyclists won't get lost anymore 

Taking two wheels through Spokane is a daunting prospect. There are hills. There’s a river running through the middle of town. This time of year, there’s nasty weather. And those cars! But there’s an effort afoot at Spokane City Hall to make the cyclist's journey...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

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