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Christa Hazel has had it up to here with the ideological nuttiness of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee – the “KCRCC,” so to speak. Only Christa says the “R” in this case stands for “Redoubt.”
Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor, of Coeur d’Alene, was all in when his wife, Kathryn, suggested they do something different in announcing the gender of Baby No. 4. It wasn’t until the planning was under way that Sam learned a dastardly secret: His wife already knew.
An influential Southern Idaho lawmaker introduced last-minute legislation Thursday that would have undermined regional transit authorities around the state, including CityLink in North Idaho, but by the end of the day, the bill was dead.
Early-phase construction is expected soon for a permanent Riverstone Transit Center, serving as the main hub for Citylink routes in Kootenai County.
Residents in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and surrounding communities are being asked to participate in a study of the future of Citylink, the small urban bus line serving the area
Scott Maben writes about the new assessment of routes and stops below. I spend a fair amount of time in the Lake City-- usually, downtown or at Riverstone and I can't recall ever seeing a Citylink bus. In Spokane, I see STA buses every day. Have you ever used Citylink?
After 10 years of free bus service in Kootenai County, Citylink Transit will undergo a major assessment of routes, stops, ridership and travel times, as well as the possibility of charging fares for the first time. “We would like to do a comprehensive view of the transit system,” said Jody Bieze, the county’s transit administrator. “We want to move it from being an informal system to a formal system.”
Citylink, the free bus system in Kootenai and Benewah counties, is facing major cuts in service next month to the urban lines in Kootenai County. A reduced budget is forcing the system to reorganize routes to save money. But, at the same time, officials are proposing to increasing bus frequency and the number of stops.
Joe and Lydia Sokol say it might be nice to visit downtown Coeur d’Alene from time to time to do a little shopping, then sit outside and have a snack. It’s not far – only about three to four miles from the Coeur d’Alene home they share with their daughter and son-in-law – but it may as well be 100 miles away. At 82 and 91, respectively, Joe and Lydia no longer drive due to health problems. Family members help out, but the Sokols hate to impose.
Since North Idaho’s Citylink bus service started four years ago, it has transported more than 1.1 million riders throughout Kootenai County and as far south as Tensed and DeSmet. For free.
The wait at area bus stops will become a little more comfortable for Citylink riders if a Coeur d’Alene committee has its way. As part of the bus bench program, the volunteer group is attempting to find sponsors for about 140 benches to be built and installed on both sides of the street at the 90 stops along the 200-plus miles of Citylink bus routes.
As the city of Spokane begins to remove bus benches because of conflicts with its sign ordinance, a group of volunteers in Coeur d’Alene is hoping to install benches on 88 stops of the free CityLink bus system in Kootenai County. City code bars advertising on bus benches in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, as it does in Spokane. The Benches for Bus Stops Committee is asking residents and businesses to sponsor benches for $500 apiece. Plaques will be mounted on the benches recognizing the donors, said Craig Wilcox, committee chairman. The committee also is planning a fundraiser in May.