Stories tagged: transportation
Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
Then and now: Consolidated Freight Lines
Leland James, a Portland, Oregon, truck driver, built a trucking empire. He started by buying Portland-Spokane Auto Freight and a handful of other firms in 1929. He called his new …
Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
Getting There: How about some love for roundabouts?
Roundabouts are safer, more efficient, cheaper and, let’s be honest, simply more elegant than conventional intersections. So why the hate?
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Getting There: City floats plan to phase parking lots out of downtown
12,658: That’s how many parking spaces there are in the city core, about 80 percent of which is off-street parking in privately-owned lots and garages.
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
Editorial: New way to finance roads needed
One concept being considered is to charge by miles traveled, rather than gasoline consumed. It would be a true user fee and all drivers would pay, regardless of how vehicles …
Mon., Nov. 6, 2017
Getting There: Ban studs to save the roads or keep them for safety?
The Washington State Department of Transportation estimates that studded tires cause up to $29 million in damage to state-owned roadways every year. And in the city of Spokane, where the …
Mon., Oct. 30, 2017
Getting There: About those giant dirt piles…
The dirt piles along many main Spokane corridors come from the city’s massive project to stop sewage from entering the Spokane River, but the work is having an impact on …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Getting There: New East Sprague transit stops cut bus ‘dwell time’
The new transit stops on East Sprague look great, but it’s what they’re doing that has people at Spokane Transit Authority and the city excited.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
State may remove busy I-90 eastbound on-ramp at Walnut in downtown Spokane
Without the interstate at its end, the eastbound Walnut Street on-ramp might seem like a jump. A platoon of motorists sits at the red light, their collective engines revving, readying …
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Resolution scrapping Monroe Street ‘road diet’ put on hold by City Council
A proposal brought forward by City Councilman Mike Fagan to keep Monroe Street a four-lane road was tabled Monday to determine what ramifications such a change would have on funding …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 10:03 a.m.
Getting there: Cyclists share the road
A few misconceptions about cycling: Bikes are guests on streets, which are for cars, and they should move out of the way of vehicles. Cyclists don’t pay gas taxes or …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project
Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017
Getting There: Pedestrians have right of way
At any intersection, crosswalk or not, people can step off the curb and walk across the street. Cars must stop for them. It’s the law.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
FAA investigating lasers flashed at Seattle-Tacoma pilots
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating two separate incidences of lasers being flashed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport pilots.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Flights delayed around globe as booking system fails
Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group suffered what the company called a “network issue.”
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Saudis far from unanimous over allowing women to drive
The morning after Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in opening its roads to female drivers, the top-trending hashtag among the kingdom’s Twitter users wasn’t supportive.
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6 a.m.
Knezovich warns North Monroe road project would impede evacuation of downtown Spokane during emergencies
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich waded into a contentious discussion about street design earlier this month by officially coming out against the planned street renovation on North Monroe, saying its redesign will …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Saudi Arabia government says it will allow women to drive
Women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to drive in the kingdom, according to a royal decree issued in Riyadh on Tuesday that overturned one of the most widely criticized …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
U.S. beachgoers flee Maria as millions suffer in Puerto Rico
Thousands of visitors abandoned their beach vacations as high surf from a weakening Tropical Storm Maria pushed through dunes and under homes Tuesday in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:55 a.m.
WSU scientists exploring alternatives to dense jet fuel
A research team at Washington State University is studying a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants, according to a WSU News release.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:06 p.m.
Century-old maps – and a 21st-century treatment – reveal transit lines Spokane’s past
Cameron Booth, a Portland-based graphic designer from Australia, has given Spokane’s streetcar and electric interurban rail networks a decidedly 21st-century treatment, giving them new digital life.
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017
Q&A with graphic designer Cam Booth
Graphic designer Cam Booth used historical documents to recreate maps of Spokane’s early transit lines. He spoke with the Spokesman-Review about his motivation to undertake the project and what he …
Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 6 a.m.
Sen. Murray asks Gov. Brown for toll voting privileges
Another voice has joined the conversation about tolls on Portland-area freeways. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., sent a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Friday asking for Washington to have …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:31 a.m.
Crime or constitutional rights? Can police give up policing duties to traffic cameras?
An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to …
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Oregon’s cellphone, distracted driving law brings bigger fines, jail
Oregon drivers soon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cellphone and electronics …
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:03 a.m.
Motorists trapped as suspicious object shuts main U.K. highway
Hundreds of motorists were stuck for hours on one of Britain’s main highways after it was closed Tuesday due to a “suspicious object.”
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
Idaho considers wildlife overpasses near Montana border
The Idaho Transportation Department is considering the construction of overpasses that would provide wildlife a safe crossing over a stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near the state’s border with Montana.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
Getting There: City unveils a new and improved East Sprague Avenue
After nearly half a year of construction, and half a century of stagnation, a new section of East Sprague Avenue opened Friday afternoon.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
New charging stations to relieve ‘range anxiety’ in central Washington
Electric vehicle drivers in the center of the state should have some of their “range anxiety” eased with plans for nine new fast-charging stations.
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Uber gets the green light in Pullman
The ride-hailing company Uber may now operate its business in Pullman without requiring its drivers to provide fingerprints after the Pullman City Council amended its taxicab licensing code at its …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Getting There: With transportation funds coming up short, state eyes mileage tax
Washington state is launching a pilot project where 2,000 volunteers will pay a “mock tax on the number of miles they drive on Washington state roads, rather than on the …