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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.

Bus needs help when traction fails

The commute home Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 was complicated by very slick roads after snow started falling in the afternoon hours. A Spokane Transit Authority bus lost traction and nearly slid into a parked car. Two STA assistance trucks helped the bus get going again.

It’s official: Spokane gets $53M in funding for newly named City Line bus project

The oversize check displayed on the stage said it all: $53,425,000 made out to the Spokane Transit Authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation. STA has known the huge sum was coming to fully fund a long-awaited bus rapid transit line through downtown since April, when the federal government allocated the money for the project. But on Tuesday, the award became official and STA got direct access to the funds.

Spokane Public Library to open temporary downtown branch in STA Plaza

The Spokane Public Library will open a temporary location in the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza while its downtown branch is closed for renovations for two years. Improvements to the second floor of the STA Plaza space will begin in December, with a targeted opening date of March 2, 2020.

New solution proposed for bus complaints on East Sprague

Nearly five months after the Spokane Transit Authority rebuffed Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to move bus stops on East Sprague Avenue, the City Council will consider using technology to prevent cars from backing up behind buses in intersections.