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  • MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

    Getting There: Francis Avenue overpass work under way

    Two construction projects on opposite sides of Spokane have potential for slowing traffic and creating hazards for drivers starting this week. The Washington State Department of Transportation has narrowed Francis …

  • MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

    Getting There: Francis Avenue repaving starts this spring

    Francis Avenue is getting a facelift starting this spring. The Washington State Department of Transportation is planning to repave the portion of the arterial route west of Division Street that …

  • MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013

    Getting There: STA increasing buses to EWU

    One out of every five people traveling weekdays on state Highway 904 between Four Lakes and Cheney is riding the bus. As many as 4,500 people make the journey from …

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

    Getting There: Groups will study transit growth

    A series of transit advisory groups will convene starting Wednesday to plan for future improvements on four major corridors in the Spokane region. The routes are: downtown to Liberty Lake …

  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

    Doomed No. 46 is transit for the less-than-masses

    This has certainly been the summer for watching our institutions embark down the road to extinction. The Bulldog Tavern, Cyrus O’Leary’s restaurant, the Condon for Mayor campaign …

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 5, 2011

    Getting There: Many road projects are coming to a close

    Several unfinished local street construction projects are nearing completion, officials said last week. Most notably, the reconstruction of Grand Boulevard from 29th Avenue to High Drive was finished in time …

  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

    Atheist coalition buys bus signage

    An advertisement appearing on Spokane public buses was bought by a national atheist coalition and coincides with the appearance of an atheist booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair. The …

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011, 4:04 P.M.

    Atheist group buys ads on STA buses

    An advertisement appearing on Spokane public buses was bought by a national atheist coalition and coincides with the appearance of an atheist booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair. The …

  • MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011, 6:33 P.M.

    Brake failure leads to blind man’s death, friend says

    A Spokane man was killed early Sunday when a commercial-style bus malfunctioned and ran him over, police said.

  • MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

    STA proposes cutting eight routes, 18 drivers

    Eight Spokane-area bus routes would be cut along with 18 driver positions under the latest version of a money-saving proposal by the Spokane Transit Authority. STA officials spent the past …

  • MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

    Hearing will explore trolleys, walking routes for city core

    Mobility in the central part of Spokane will be the subject of a wide-ranging public meeting on Tuesday at the city’s Riverpoint campus. The possibility of high-performance streetcars running between …

  • MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010

    STA seeking public input on budget cut proposals

    Spokane Transit Authority officials are asking for the public’s help in cutting 7 percent from the bus agency’s budget next year. A recently released list of potential cuts is the …

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

    STA eliminates two bus routes

    Two little-used bus routes that serve park-and-ride lots in Spokane were eliminated in a vote Wednesday by the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors.

  • THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

    STA offers solutions to bus fuss

    Spokane Transit Authority held the first of two public meetings Saturday about bus service in Browne’s Addition. About 20 people showed up soon after the doors opened.

  • SATURDAY, DEC. 5, 2009

    Daily bus ride offers window into humanity

    As I was riding my STA bus the other day, my seatmate said, “You ought to write a column about how all sorts of people ride the bus.” I know …

  • MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009

    Seat damage a ‘sad waste’

    Damaged bus seats are stacking up at the Spokane Transit Authority’s bus barn. They’re waiting for repair because a rider with a knife has been slashing the seat fabrics. More …

  • SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2009, 9:45 A.M.

    Bus seat slasher leaves costly mess

    Damaged bus seats are stacking up at the Spokane Transit Authority’s bus barn. They’re waiting for repair because a rider with a knife has been slashing the seat fabrics.

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009

    STA shuttles to ferry people to Hoopfest

    The Spokane Transit Authority will operate two downtown shuttles for Hoopfest this weekend. •The Riverpoint Loop shuttle travels from the parking lots at the WSU Riverpoint Campus on West Spokane …

  • MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

    STA’s ‘Roadeo’ competitor handles obstacles with ease

    Spokane Transit Authority bus driver Gabe Fernos can maneuver a 40-foot city bus with the best of them. Fernos last month placed fourth in a national “Roadeo” competition testing the …

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

    Our View: STA owes voters, patrons a balanced funding plan

    The Spokane Transit Authority and its riders needed help in 2004, and the voters came through, approving a 0.3 percent sales tax increase, at least for four years. Last spring, …

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009, 8:39 A.M.

    Obama: New York flyover was ‘a mistake’

    President Barack Obama says it was a mistake for one of his official airplanes to be sent zooming past the New York City skyline for a publicity photo shoot.

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

    STA board won’t replace bus benches

    It’s a showdown for the right to sit down. The Spokane Transit Authority board on Thursday rejected a $38,000 contract to replace some of the bus benches ordered removed by …

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009, 5:34 P.M.

    STA to buy buses with stimulus funds

    Spokane Transit Authority will receive $10.6 million in federal economic stimulus money, and plans to use most of the cash to buy 23 new buses, including 10 diesel-electric hybrids.

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009, 5:04 P.M.

    STA buses still prove a popular option

    An economic downturn and lower gasoline prices in recent months haven’t kept an increasing number of riders from boarding Spokane Transit Authority buses.

  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009, 9:48 A.M.

    Spokane man arrested in bus driver assault

    A 29-year-old Spokane man is in jail this morning after threatening an STA bus driver with a knife, and demanding to be taken fishing.

  • THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009

    Council OKs deputy city clerk position

    The Liberty Lake City Council quietly passed two ordinances Tuesday night, minus the lengthy discussions that usually precede any vote. The first ordinance approved adding a deputy city clerk position …

  • THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2008

    Not out of the woods yet

    While much of the region settled in for a White Christmas, crews scrambled to restore power to a large section of downtown Wednesday night. A fire in an underground transformer …

  • MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2008, 5:50 P.M.

    STA to consider fare increase

    A sharp decline in retail sales tax collections is putting the brakes on Spokane Transit Authority spending, and officials at the agency said a fare increase will be considered next …

  • SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2008

    For big vehicle fleets, eliminating lefts is right

    When your annual gasoline bills reach into the millions, every little bit helps. That’s why operators of large vehicle fleets, from the post office to school districts, are examining routes …

  • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2007

    Employees arrested in car fire

    Two Spokane Valley security company employees were arrested Wednesday on charges of setting a company car on fire and reporting it stolen to cover up a crash that occurred in …



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