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Getting There: Funding remains murky for transit agencies after court shoots down I-976

The news that the Washington Supreme Court ruled the $30 car tab initiative unconstitutional was met with a somewhat tepid response by transportation agencies last week. While the ruling preserves some transportation funding, tax revenues are down due to the pandemic, adding another obstacle to a system that planners say is underfunded to meet the needs of the public.

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.

Projects to increase, improve routes for cyclists gain support in Spokane

Pavement first came to Spokane in 1893, thanks to cyclists. The path was about 5 feet wide and ran next to Broadway Avenue. Unlike the road it paralleled, the bike path was graded, graveled, covered with cinder rock and flattened with a 6-ton roller until it was hard as stone.

Spokane Valley City accepts grant for trail

The Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday to accept partial funding for the Appleway Trail that would run south of Sprague Avenue along the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way owned by Spokane County. The county has given the city permission to use the vacant land to build a trail. The city hopes to eventually have a trail that runs from University Road to the east city limits. The city requested $2.2 million in grant funding from the Spokane Regional Transportation Council for the section from University to Evergreen Road. The council’s Transportation Technical Committee has suggested funding of $642,000, said Public Works Director Eric Guth.

Getting There: Group aims to build museum at Felts Field

A nonprofit organization is gearing up for a campaign to create a new military and aerospace museum at Felts Field in northeast Spokane. The Spokane Airport Board recently approved a lease to allow construction of the museum on a 14,400-square-foot parcel on Rutter Avenue just west of the Felts Field terminal.

Regional transportation agency names director

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council announced Wednesday the appointment of a new executive director. Kevin Wallace, the former transit planning project manager for the Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, was chosen for the job.

Support for road and transit fixes wanes at wallet

Transportation projects enjoy wide public support in Spokane, but that support drops when people are asked if they would pay specific taxes for them. A survey of 353 respondents in early March showed more than 90 percent support for road and transit improvements.

New post part of shake-up at transportation council

A reorganization of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council could bring a change of leadership at the agency and an increase in the cost of running it. The council board has decided to undertake a national search for an executive director who could become the new boss over the existing transportation manager, who earns $107,000 a year plus benefits.

Council outlines street project plans

The Spokane Valley City Council took a look at everything from the city’s adult entertainment regulations to the 2010 Transportation Improvement Plan during this week’s meeting. City staff is recommending the council revise the adult entertainment regulations to remove any ambiguity over what is and is not allowed in adult businesses. “This is an area that is very, very frequently litigated,” said deputy city attorney Cary Driskell. “There’s really a need to update the regulations from time to time.”