Stories tagged: transportation
Mon., June 18, 2018
Getting There: Ditch the car and meet your neighbors – Summer Parkways is Thursday
Every Sunday and every holiday since 1974, Bogotá, Colombia, closes 76 miles of streets. No cars go on these Andean roads these days, but every other type of “human-powered transportation” …
UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
Spokane has potholes. Domino’s Pizza has a grant to fill them.
Domino’s Pizza canceled its “30 minutes or less” guarantee five years ago. Was the move prompted by the potholes along our nation’s obstacle course-like roadways?
Mon., June 4, 2018, 5 a.m.
Getting There: Other Washington cities show more progress in fleet electrification than Spokane
In 2007, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law that said cities, counties and other local governments and entities had to switch their vehicle fleets to run solely on …
Mon., May 28, 2018
Getting There: Polite merging is slowing us all down
When it comes to merging, the aggressive motorist usually wins the day, jamming his way into place, cutting ahead of patient and defensive drivers and reinforcing the idea that they …
Thu., May 24, 2018
Memorial Day weekend brings more traffic, higher gas price and warm weather
Highways, border crossings and ferry docks in Washington are likely to clog with traffic for Memorial Day weekend – travelers, plan accordingly.
Mon., May 21, 2018
Getting There: Snags emerge in downtown’s east end development
With yet another delay in the trial between the city and the owner of Brown Building Materials over the city’s push to condemn a piece of Brown’s land and take …
Mon., May 14, 2018
Getting There: Spokane’s bike scene still has a ways to ride
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the bikeways in Spokane need to level up.
Fri., May 11, 2018, 4:20 p.m.
Get free coffee, pizza and swag during Spokane’s Bike to Work Week
Start with the pancakes and end with a beer. That’s right, Monday starts Bike to Work week.
UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 11:17 p.m.
Expect street closures downtown this weekend
Downtown traffic will be a little dicey Saturday, as many streets will be temporarily closed for the annual Junior Lilac Parade. Construction near the Spokane Convention Center, which is hosting …
Mon., May 7, 2018, 6 a.m.
Getting There: Though long past its heyday, the Felts Field ‘aeroport’ still serves its city’s planes
Just a few years after it was named Felts Field, Spokane’s first municipal airport was bragging about its great and swift business.
Mon., May 7, 2018
Then and Now: The steel Monroe Street Bridge, 1892-1909
The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see …
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.
Mon., April 30, 2018
Getting There: Imagining the highways and byways of tomorrow
The future is connected.
Wed., April 25, 2018, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Support the North Monroe project – have breakfast or get a haircut
Businesses along North Monroe could use some extra customers during these next few months with the big road reconstruction project now underway.
Mon., April 23, 2018
Getting There: Spokane is booming. Time to figure out parking.
The last time the city of Spokane did a parking study might as well have been 1,000 years ago. It was 2010. There was no Kendall Yards. There was no …
Wed., April 11, 2018, 5 a.m.
New roundabout and bridge to be built on Trent as part of U-District road project
A new roundabout, followed by a bridge replacement project, will disrupt the commute of about 11,000 drivers daily using Trent Avenue east of downtown during the next year.
Mon., April 9, 2018
Getting There: This week, spare a thought for the folks in orange
This week, April 9 to 13, is National Work Zone Safety Week. While motorists should always be extra vigilant when people are near traffic lanes, this week is the time …
UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018, 12:34 p.m.
Truck meets bridge: The story behind Spokane’s much-scarred overpasses
struggle plays out frequently in downtown Spokane – about once every three months on Stevens Street, in fact. Below that 11-foot-6-inch railway viaduct you can watch the conflict in real …
UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 6:11 p.m.
Amtrak grades host railroads for delays to passenger service
In terms of causing fewer train delays, Amtrak’s host railroads in the Pacific Northwest performed pretty well last year, especially compared with other companies around the United States and Canada.
Thu., April 5, 2018, 6 a.m.
Major renovation, expansion planned for Spokane International Airport
Spokane International Airport officials are moving forward with a $130 million reconstruction project to meet passenger growth by expanding terminals, remodeling security checkpoints and adding a central baggage claim hall.
UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 2:34 p.m.
Seattle mayor proposes road tolls for downtown streets
Seattle is looking at road tolls for downtown streets as part of a broader initiative to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday.
Tue., March 27, 2018, 6 a.m.
Monroe Street work begins next week as road construction season kicks off
The lane reduction project, which has sparked some controversy along the 1.1-mile stretch of road leading from Spokane’s downtown to the Garland District, is scheduled to begin work next week. …
Tue., March 27, 2018, 6 a.m.
Transportation projects in Spokane area poised to benefit from federal spending bill
The federal spending bill President Donald Trump signed last week plowed billions more dollars into transportation projects such as public transit, highways and rail, including some local projects in the …
Mon., March 26, 2018
Getting There: Historic bridge on Trent soon to be removed
After 108 years, the historic East Olive Avenue Bridge is a goner.
Mon., March 19, 2018
Getting There: City marks 125 years of bikeways as routes expand
Pop the bubbly, roll up your pant leg and straddle that saddle, because in 2018 we celebrate.
UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 6:39 p.m.
Construction starts on new overpass at Bigelow Gulch and Forker
A $9.4 million project to improve safety and congestion at Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads is underway after almost 20 years of planning.
Mon., March 12, 2018
Getting There: The electric-vehicle buzz is real
More than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions come from our cars and trucks, thanks to the 60 billion miles we drove in 2016, the most recent data available …
Fri., March 2, 2018
Spokane Valley council members fear amendment from Rep. Matt Shea could imperil Barker Road bridge project
An amendment put forth by Rep. Matt Shea for the Washington State Senate 2017-19 transportation budget could potentially put the Spokane Valley’s Barker Road grade separation project in jeopardy.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 9:44 p.m.
Monroe ‘road diet’ gets first contract approval ahead of planned construction this spring
The Spokane City Council has put pen-to-paper on the first portion of work along North Monroe Street to reduce traffic lanes from four to two. The city expects work to …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.
Transport safety rules weakened under Trump
The government in 2016 proposed requiring that new heavy trucks have potentially life-saving software that would electronically limit speeds. But now, like many other safety rules in the works before …