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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Foggy conditions cause flight diversions from Sea-Tac to Spokane

A blanket of fog over the Seattle area was blamed for multiple flights being diverted to the Spokane International Airport, causing delays Friday for local takeoffs.

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: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Hospital ER reports 160 percent spike in visits involving e-scooters

As injured electric scooter riders pour into emergency departments around the country, doctors have scrambled to document a trend that many view as a growing public safety crisis.

Pullman airport nets $7 million federal grant for runway expansion

Work to expand the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport continues, most recently with a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help build a longer, wider runway.

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 …

Bus service expanding in Spokane as STA opens new transit center

A number of changes are coming to Spokane Transit Authority’s system, most notably with the opening of the West Plains Transit Center on Tuesday.

I-90 construction through Coeur d’Alene nears final push

Road construction has snarled traffic on Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene for the past five months. The work is scheduled to wrap up by late October, but there’s one more …

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

Spokane has second fastest commute in Washington

When it comes to commuting, Spokane has the sec-fastest times in the state.

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.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

Steel tariffs force delay in completing U District pedestrian bridge

Work has stopped on the pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District, and its anticipated opening date in September has been pushed back more than two months, to late November.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Downhill trend: Spokane plunges in AllState driver rankings

As Americans prepare for what may be the last great road trip of the 2018 summer this Labor Day weekend, Allstate released its annual “America’s Best Drivers Report,” which details …

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.

Public can weigh in on North Spokane Corridor ‘placemaking’

The Washington State Department of Transportation has some ideas on dressing up the North Spokane Corridor. And it wants to hear from as many people as possible about the “placemaking” …

Getting There: Smoke plagues our air today. A quarter-century ago, it was dust.

While our vehicles collectively remain the largest source of air pollution and greenhouse gases in Washington state, 25 years ago the problem wasn’t the tinder in our forests or the …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Union says STA report clearing HR director is ‘deeply troubling’

The president of the union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said a report clearing the agency’s human resources director of wrongdoing is “deeply troubling as an indication of STA’s …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Start date set for Lime bikeshare program in Spokane

If you see 200 lime green bikes and 100 similarly hued scooters suddenly appear on the streets of downtown Spokane, don’t be alarmed. It’s just a sign that 21st century …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Getting There: Driverless technology is closer than you might think

Driverless technology is already here. The first sector to really use it is the shipping industry, with its American fleet of two million tractor-trailers.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, noon

Getting There: There are more places to park than you probably think

Spokane parking by the numbers

Spokane Valley to hire federal lobbyist to pursue transportation funding

Spokane Valley leaders are banking on the idea that spending money will bring in even more. The city is looking to hire a federal lobbyist, a position that will cost …

City working with Silicon Valley-based Lime to bring electric bikeshare to Spokane

The city of Spokane is working with Lime, a Silicon Valley-based bicycle and scooter sharing company, to bring its dockless vehicles to town.

More than 700 respond to second Riverside Avenue redesign survey; city hopes to clarify public input

Friday marked the deadline for the city’s most recent survey, the second regarding renovation of Riverside Avenue. Just hours before the survey closed, it had gathered more than 700 responses, …

Former Alaska Airlines pilot gets 1 year in prison for flying while drunk

A former Alaska Airlines pilot who flew a passenger plane while drunk has been sentenced in California to a year and a day in federal prison.

UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Hours to be curtailed at Danville, Metaline Falls border crossings

Two rural Eastern Washington international border crossings that see among the fewest crossings in the state will have their hours cut following a decision by the U.S. Customs and Border …

Highways aren’t the answer, traffic jams can’t be stopped, says Washington transportation chief

Highways won’t cure Washington state’s traffic woes and preventing congestion is impossible, said Roger Millar, head of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Getting There: Prominent urban thinker gives Spokane transportation a mixed grade

Brent Toderian, a former city planner in Vancouver, B.C., and Calgary, as well as a prominent urban thinker and consultant, shared his perspective on Spokane’s infrastructure last week.

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

New Costco store opens Friday north of Spokane with more workers, more floorspace and a roundabout

The building’s built, the roundabout’s ready and the new Costco warehouse store north of Spokane will open this Friday at 8 a.m.

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

Bike lanes and bus stops set to change Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane

Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane will look very different soon, with fewer lanes, redesigned transit stops and bikeways the likes of which Spokane has never seen.