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BOGOTA, Colombia – With her pink cardigan and thick glasses, “Toothless Cindy” is becoming a musical sensation on Colombian public transport.
A recent study identified nearly $19 million work of additional work – including constructing new roundabouts at the road’s intersections with Sprague, 4th and 8th avenues and widening the street to five lanes from Mission Avenue to the south city limits – that should be completed by 2040 to keep up with projected growth.
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.
As the Kootenai County, its cities and its towns prepare for a wave of growth that could mean more 300,000 people by 2040, area officials and private developers are implementing and considering new approaches to manage the expected changes.
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Spokane Transit Authority will use federal assistance and reserves to help weather the pandemic storm, but won't need to reduce services despite lagging ridership for the first part of 2020.
A driver being pursued by Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies along Trent Avenue in Spokane Valley crashed Thursday after deputies punctured the van’s tires, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.
A conservative approach to using revenue has allowed the transit agency to look ahead without major interruptions to service, a spokesman said. But fewer people riding the bus means less taken in through fares, which has STA and government officials asking how they can raise money without burdening low-income riders who rely on the service for essential travel.
The Spokane Transit Authority has received a $23.4 million cash infusion from the federal government that will help keep Spokane’s bus system operating in the near term. But it likely won’t be nearly enough to cover the long-term repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agency.
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.
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.
The Spokane Transit Authority announced Wednesday an employee has COVID-19.
Spokane County reported its first COVID-19 death Friday evening after the number of confirmed cases rose to 86 earlier in the day.
With officials city-, state- and worldwide urging people to practice social distancing and avoid crowds as much as possible to slow the virus’ spread, the very nature of public transit makes it difficult for those who ride to follow those recommendations and orders.
In renderings released this past week, the Spokane Transit Authority unveiled how the city’s new bus rapid transit system will look. And, bottom line, it won’t look like the rest of the STA system.
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.
A Spokane Transit Authority proposal would put double-decker buses on the busy route between Spokane and the home of Eastern Washington University. While that’s perhaps the most fun fact about STA’s potential changes to routes and schedule over the next few years, it’s likely not the most important one for the thousands who ride the bus.
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.
Last year, it was the yellow vest protests. This year, it’s the strikes that have crippled Paris. The Christmas holidays aren’t proving to be a lucrative – or indeed merry – time for boutiques in the capital. Or, for that matter, oyster vendors. Or hotels, or cafes.
A King County Superior Court judge temporarily halted the Dec. 5 implementation of Initiative 976, which would limit car tabs to $30 a year, eliminate a host of programs that fund local road projects and dismantle some transit agencies.