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Opinion >  Column

Getting There: As gas tax revenue drops, Washington Department of Transportation could face 40% funding decline, delay projects

A recent drop in driving is a sign that people were largely heeding Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders. But when people drive less, they buy less gas. And when people buy less gas, they pay less in gas taxes. And when people spend less in gas taxes, the coffers of the state Department of Transportation – not to mention those of local governments and the state Legislature – start running on empty.
Opinion >  Column

Getting There: Work begins on long-awaited bus rapid transit City Line

Bus rapid transit in Spokane is no longer just a glimmer in the Spokane Transit Authority’s eye nor an idea pushed around on paper. As of Friday, it was a small crew at the intersection of Cincinnati Street and Sharp Avenue, just north of the Gonzaga campus, with shovels in the dirt, working in the real world to pave the way for the City Line.
News >  Spokane

Getting There: Fare-free buses came to Spokane out of necessity; 1 councilwoman wants STA to keep it

UPDATED: Mon., April 13, 2020

The Spokane Transit Authority announced the suspension of fares March 24 in an effort to promote social distancing and help get people around during the coronavirus pandemic. But City Councilwoman Kate Burke said the public transit provider should consider making free service permanent and fund the service completely through tax revenue. Doing so would present future funding challenges, STA says.
News >  Spokane

Getting There: A new vision for Division starts to take shape, with bus rapid transit running on a street freed up by the NSC

Transportation planners will be asking residents to weigh in on the future of the Division Street design, following planned completion of the North Spokane Corridor and implementation of high-speed bus service. That may include some planning from the city that will give the bustling arterial a more neighborhood feel with through traffic taking other routes around Spokane.
News >  Spokane

STA to stop collecting fares, offer free door-to-door rides to seniors

UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

The Spokane Transit Authority will suspend fare collection, board most passengers by the rear doors of buses and offer free van rides to people age 60 and over traveling to essential destinations in an effort to boost safety on the bus and paratransit system during the coronavirus pandemic.
Opinion >  Column

Getting There: With work about to begin on city’s first greenway, active transportation advocate pushes for more

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Jessica Engelman, who recently founded the grassroots advocacy group Spokane Active Transportation, has a long list of big issues she hopes to combat by advocating for alternative modes of transportation in Spokane. She’s starting with what she calls “the easy thing,” the practical thing, the more immediately achievable thing, the cost-effective thing: greenways.