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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses, including at Spokane Intermodal Center

Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The bus sweeps …


Getting There: Northwest Spokane City Council candidates talk Monroe, Five Mile and other needed street repairs

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton and her opponent in the November election, Andy Rathbun, both say there are roads in the northwest part of town that need attention from City Hall. …


Then and Now: The Spokane streetcar barn

Spokane’s streetcars wound their way through town from 1887 to 1936. Today, the old barn at Boone and Cedar is part of the maintenance facilities for Spokane County.


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 …


Getting There: The new ways of Wall Street

Crews tore out two concrete planters on the pedestrian-only Wall Street downtown last week, work that is making way for the Central City Line. The planters, popular spots for languorous …


Shawn Vestal: Despite delay, price hike, Central City Line holds great potential in itself and as a model

The people overseeing the Central City Line say the sharp recent increase in the project’s estimated budget is not a red flag marking an emerging boondoggle. In fact, they argue …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Thanks to VW scandal, STA to add electric bus to fleet

Spokane Transit Authority is getting its first fully electric bus, the first in what may be full electrification of its fleet, in the next one to three years, the agency …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018

Spokane parents can now track their kids on school bus

On board Durham buses taking Spokane Public Schools students to class this year is a tracker that allows parents to monitor in real time the whereabouts of their child’s bus.


Bus service expanding in Spokane as STA opens new transit center

A number of changes are coming to Spokane Transit Authority’s system, most notably with the opening of the West Plains Transit Center on Tuesday.


Catching the bus: Restored buses provide unique view at several national parks.

They were red or yellow, and originally found in Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier and Mount Rainier National Parks. Book a bus ride and enjoy the historical encounter.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018

Union accuses STA official of racist comments on Facebook

The union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said Tuesday it discovered “disturbing, racist comments” made by the agency’s director of human resources.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Tennessee cities adjust to law letting guns in buses, hubs

The city of Nashville fought a losing battle this spring as a state law passed that lets people with gun permits enter city buses and its main bus terminal with …


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

California startup banks on electric buses

The market for battery-powered electric buses seems ready to rocket. Orders in the U.S. are gaining traction.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

Bill threatening Idaho transit systems introduced, then killed

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 …


Lower speeds for truck and bus drivers proposed

The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways.


Randal O’Toole: Better transit need not cost more

Rather than giant, battery-powered buses or immobile transit centers, experience has shown that the one sure way to increase transit ridership is to offer more transit service. STA can do …


Public transit systems see big ridership gains

Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming, according to new ridership numbers. Public transit passengers took nearly 10.7 …


STA giving all-electric buses a tryout

A shiny, new, all-electric Chinese bus is running on Spokane routes this month under a special demonstration through a U.S. branch of BYD Co. Ltd. Spokane Transit Authority was invited …


STA plans West Plains service upgrades

Spokane Transit Authority has reached the first stop on its way to developing a new park-and-ride facility at the Medical Lake interchange on Interstate 90. Transit officials are in the …


Getting There: Country Homes causeway will be replaced with swale

An asphalt causeway in the middle of Country Homes Boulevard north of Five Mile Road is going to be removed and replaced in a major construction project next year. For …


State workers to get parking, bus breaks

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Saturday that lets state employees pay for their work-related parking and transit costs using pretax earnings. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia …


Getting There: STA increasing buses to EWU

One out of every five people traveling weekdays on state Highway 904 between Four Lakes and Cheney is riding the bus. As many as 4,500 people make the journey from …


Getting There: After two-year slump, STA ridership on the rise

Ridership on Spokane Transit Authority buses has resumed its pattern of growth following a downturn in boardings in the wake of the economic recession. STA last week said the final …


Getting There: Groups will study transit growth

A series of transit advisory groups will convene starting Wednesday to plan for future improvements on four major corridors in the Spokane region. The routes are: downtown to Liberty Lake …


Getting There: Road work closes STA Plaza’s smoking area

Smokers outside the Spokane Transit Authority bus station downtown are going to have to take a hike from now on. STA over the weekend removed the Plaza’s small designated smoking …


Getting There: Bridge at Sullivan getting fix

Drivers on Sullivan Road at the Spokane River are going to be taking a small detour in coming weeks. The Spokane Valley City Council has approved temporary repairs to the …


Education Notes: Buses run 30 minutes later on Thursdays

School is back in session and for parents that means getting their kids to class on time. But, each Thursday, beginning today in the Spokane Public Schools District, students will …


STA eliminates two bus routes

Two little-used bus routes that serve park-and-ride lots in Spokane were eliminated in a vote Wednesday by the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors.


STA offers solutions to bus fuss

Spokane Transit Authority held the first of two public meetings Saturday about bus service in Browne’s Addition. About 20 people showed up soon after the doors opened.