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Stories tagged: Getting There


Getting There: Do more cars mean better business?

Retailers on Sprague say a drop in traffic has reduced sales. But a county commissioner says the connection isn’t entirely there.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 6:29 a.m.

Getting There: Airway Heights officials hope roundabout on eastern edge will help recreate a downtown

Roundabout, median projects on U.S. 2 aim to restore Airway Heights’ small-town feel and its pre-highway days.


Getting There: Congestion pricing isn’t coming to Spokane, but these roads aren’t free and never were

A wake-up call is coming to Manhattan motorists in the form of “congestion pricing.” Will this be Spokane’s future someday or just a dose of needed reality about the hodgepodge …


Getting There: Artists-in-residence explore what defines Washington transportation

Two artists-in-residence hired by the state aim to bring a creative touch to Washington’s transportation goals, such as alternatives to single-motorist commuting.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

Getting There: High-tech mapping of potholes will help city manage streets

Snowmelt reveals many things. The first crocus, tulips and daffodil blossoms of spring. The trash and dog poop that people left behind, thinking somehow the snow would make those left-behinds …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Getting There: Emissions tests will disappear, but accountability gains traction

Washington state lawmakers are considering new laws and taxes to lower pollution as vehicle emissions testing ends this year.


Getting There: Central City Line plans closer to reality

This is the year of the Central City Line. No, you won’t see the sleek electric buses running between Browne’s Addition and Spokane Community College through downtown Spokane until 2021. …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

Getting There: Rails-to-Trails idea joins Washington, Washington, D.C.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has hatched a plan to create a “safe, seamless and scenic pathway” connecting Washington state to Washington, D.C. As the group’s name suggests, it will rely on …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:33 a.m.

Getting There: Six big road projects that could smooth (or beautify) your commute in Spokane this year

This year, the city of Spokane will spend $15.2 million on six notable transportation projects in 2019.



Getting There: Lighting up the dark spots on Spokane’s roadways

Governing magazine this month examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showing that between 2010 and 2017, annual nighttime pedestrian and cyclist deaths climbed 46 percent in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, noon

Getting There: The curious case of Benjamin Burr

Critics have skewered the unimaginative name of the University District Gateway Bridge. And let’s be honest, “Centennial Trail” does nothing to describe the 61 miles of paved trail that follows …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Getting There: Local transportation officials fear ‘ripple effect’ from ongoing federal shutdown

It’s been more than a week since the federal government went dark.


Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive?


Getting There: The weird machines of Spokane’s past

Now that Lime and its electric scooters have come and gone, Spokane is back to being overrun with boring, old vehicles. You know the type: Sedans. Trucks. BMX bikes.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Getting There: Near completion but yet unfinished, two major street projects go to rest for the winter

Next year, motorists and cyclists alike will have two new routes leading to Spokane’s core – one a revamped piece of history, the other a new road where none existed …


Getting There: The steep climb from Poverty Flats to Peaceful Valley

Residents of Peaceful Valley whose commutes have been disrupted by roadwork these past several months may take solace in the earlier chapters of their neighborhood’s history, when residents faced far …


Getting There: Lose the studded tires

Another hysterical Chicken Little has joined the chorus against studded tires: the Washington State Department of Transportation.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Getting There: The winter gear you need as you climb Sherman Pass on your way to Thanksgiving dinner

Not much is known about the first Thanksgiving, despite the myths we’ve built up around the holiday celebrating gratitude, friends, family and fall.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Getting There: Yielding and merging onto freeway aren’t the same. (You should know with changes coming to I-90.)

Little known fact: Those yield signs that motorists face when joining highway traffic? They mean yield.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Getting There: The future of pavement

Seers don’t generally gaze into the pavement to tell the future. Such visions are better found in a crystal ball, the bottom of a tea cup or in the palm …


Getting There: Big changes coming to Bigelow Gulch Road

Say hello to the Bigelow Gulch Urban Connector. Or at least, the beginning of the connector.


Getting There: High Drive redo echoes vision of its early planners

From forested parkway to South Hill “highway,” High Drive has been it all.


Getting There: Jim Frank buys 1,600 bus passes for Kendall Yards workers, residents

When Jim Frank describes why he’s giving free bus passes to everyone who lives or works in his fast-growing, 78-acre downtown development, Kendall Yards, it’s hard not to be jealous …


Getting There: Lessons from Copenhagen

Spokane will never be a bicycling city. It’s a refrain trotted out regularly by people decrying a new bike lane, or by those criticizing the sudden appearance of Lime bikeshare …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Getting There: How do we fix our crumbling roadways?

Every year, Washington’s vehicles get hit with $656 in needless damage due to poor road conditions. Since we’re not ponying up enough to pay for our roads, we instead are …


Getting There: A piece of forgotten history runs along North Monroe

One of the most fascinating stories in Spokane is about a wall. Specifically, the retaining wall on North Monroe, which begins just south of Glass Avenue on the west side …


Getting There: Spokane’s new bikeshare still has a way to go

There are some bugs to work out in Spokane’s first bikeshare program


Getting There: Lower posted speed limits and drivers will respond

A new study shows that the simple act of lowering posted speed limits is effective at reducing how fast motorists go.


Getting There: Say Hello to the new Foley Highway

Today, it’s no longer U.S. Highway 395. From now on, we’ll call it the Foley Highway.