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Stories tagged: Susan Meyer


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Sandpoint man’s racist robocalls offer defense of Spokane transit executive

A white supremacist living in Sandpoint appears to be responsible for another spate of vitriolic automated phone calls, this time targeting Spokane-area residents in response to criticism of a Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

E. Susan Meyer keeps the buses running on time at Spokane Transit Authority

It’s Bloomsday, which means thousands of local residents will participate in an activity they do only once a year – riding a Spokane Transit Authority bus.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 3:41 p.m.

Federal judge sides with bus drivers’ union over ad dispute on STA buses

A federal judge has ruled that Spokane Transit Authority violated the First Amendment when it refused to allow the union to advertise on placards placed on the STA buses.


STA sales tax increase failing

Spokane County voters on Tuesday were turning down a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to pay for improvements to public transit. But the measure still was too close to call, …


STA, policy center spar over Proposition 1 ballot measure

The head of the Spokane Transit Authority says a conservative think tank is intentionally misconstruing facts about a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax to expand transit in …


Doug Clark: How to rid the STA Plaza of those pesky people

There’s a rumble in our concrete jungle. Yes, fight fans, the battle’s over pedestrian turf rights outside the bus plaza.


Bus riders impede flow of pedestrians at plaza, business group contends

Who has precedence on Spokane’s sidewalks: pedestrians or people waiting for the bus at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza? Downtown business interests posed that question Monday in an email to …


Doug Clark: STA seat culprit proves to be battery acid

What do you give the guy who took a bad acid trip? I couldn’t wait to find out.


Doug Clark: STA comes clean on pants-eating bus seat

When we last left big Bill McChristian, the 82-year-old Korean War vet had invited me into his downtown apartment to show me the melon-size holes in his jeans and underwear. …


Doug Clark: Spokane bus rider whose seat was taken seeking hole story

Riding the bus still ranks among the most affordable ways to get around this ol’ town. Unless, of course, you happen to lose your shorts.


Getting There: STA unveils plans to fix crowded corridors

Spokane Transit Authority last week unveiled a series of concepts to improve public transportation in future years. The cost ranges up to $400 million for construction of modern electric trolleys …


Getting There: Cash-short transit agencies seek help

Public transit officials in Washington are reaching out to state lawmakers, asking for new funding to help alleviate their troubled finances. Transit agencies in Pierce and Snohomish counties are facing …


Getting There: After two-year slump, STA ridership on the rise

Ridership on Spokane Transit Authority buses has resumed its pattern of growth following a downturn in boardings in the wake of the economic recession. STA last week said the final …


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 …


Getting There: Road work closes STA Plaza’s smoking area

Smokers outside the Spokane Transit Authority bus station downtown are going to have to take a hike from now on. STA over the weekend removed the Plaza’s small designated smoking …


Getting There: Northern corridor segment to open

The sweeping bridges over U.S. Highway 395 north of Wandermere will come to life with traffic on Wednesday with the opening of the northernmost segment of the North Spokane Corridor. …


Getting There: Feds give transit system gold star for security

Spokane Transit Authority is as good as gold, or so says the U.S. government. STA last week was presented with a “Gold Standard” plaque from the Transportation Security Administration for …


Federal review finds deficiencies in transportation plan

The organization responsible for planning transportation spending in Spokane is getting its knuckles rapped in a newly released federal review. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council failed to include public transit …


Getting There: Airplane painting business takes flight

Rod Friese grew up in South Dakota, where out of high school he took a job painting trucks. Within a few years, he got a better job painting airplanes for …


Getting there: Spokane Valley considers designated bike routes

A proposal to build more sidewalks and create safer bicycle routes in Spokane Valley is headed for action before the City Council this summer. Because Spokane Valley grew up under …


Getting There: Transit expert praises STA’s, city’s planning

Mass transit systems are going to become increasingly important in U.S. cities over the next 50 years and Spokane would be smart to begin investing in improvements now, a transit …


Getting There: To STA, city, transit future looks electric

The public will get another look at a proposal to build an electric streetcar or trolley line through downtown Spokane. An open house is planned on March 29 from 4:30 …


Pay raises lag in public sector

An analysis of recent wage increases shows that the pay of many local government workers is rising slightly slower than the rate of workers in the private sector. From 2002 …


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 …


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 …