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Tuesday, October 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: Transcontinental railroads

Since the 1890s, Spokane was often touted as a hub for four transcontinental railroads, the implication being that it was a good place to do business and ship goods across the U.S. continent.

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

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.

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.

Three tow trucks needed to dislodge semitruck from hole at Sprague and Division

One of the Spokane’s busiest intersections was closed from more than two hours Friday morning while crews worked to dislodge a semitruck that got stuck in a hole in a construction zone. Spokane police announced the closure of Sprague and Division about 6 a.m. so workers could dislodge the truck.

Pedestrian killed on Division Street identified

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the pedestrian killed by a pickup truck Saturday as Craig K. Rust, 60. Rust was attempting to cross Division Street at Euclid Avenue when he was struck by a northbound pickup truck shortly after 7 p.m. He died a short time later at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.