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Spokane Community College parking lot expansion to add 400 spaces

Spokane Community College is spending $706,450 to expand an existing parking lot due east of the Walter S. Johnson Sports Center, according to city permit data.


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 …


Price tag for STA’s Central City Line bus project inflates to $92.2 million

Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Line project has been delayed a year, and its price tag has increased by $20 million.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

STA board members clash over effort to research low-income transit pass

An effort to research the creation of a local transit pass for low-income people hit stiff resistance — but overcame it, at least for the time-being — at the most …


Getting There: China leads the way with the world’s most electric buses and high-speed rail lines; will Spokane follow?

In five years, Shenzhen, China, electrified its entire fleet of 16,000 buses. How it got there could be a lesson for Spokane and other cities that face technical, financial and …


Editorial: Spokane never gave up on its transit dream

The Central City Line will be a testament to the perseverance of local, state and federal elected officials, not to mention the folks at the STA who never gave up.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Spokane Transit’s Central City Line wins $53.4 million in federal money, fully funding the project

When up and running in 2021, the streetcar-like, fixed-route, zero-emission bus will run through the city’s core, connecting Browne’s Addition with Spokane Community College with frequent service on a 6-mile …


Getting There: Central City Line plans closer to reality

This is the year of the Central City Line. No, you won’t see the sleek electric buses running between Browne’s Addition and Spokane Community College through downtown Spokane until 2021. …


Mariya Frost: Spokane Transit should get back to the basics

In 2016, voters in selected areas of Spokane County approved Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 to fund expansion of public transit. Approval of the ballot measure has nearly maxed out …


Getting There: Cuts to federal grant funding could jeopardize future of Central City Line

The sleek Central City Line is supposed to signal the future of Spokane transit, but now, three-quarters of the $72 million needed to build the line is under threat by …


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

STA board approves application for Central City Line funding

The Spokane Transit Authority board on Thursday approved an application to the federal government for funding construction of a new Central City Line through downtown


STA sales tax increase starts Saturday

A sales tax increase of a tenth of a penny for transit goes into effect on Saturday after voters last fall approved the additional funding


STA moves ahead with Central City Line plan

Spokane Transit Authority is moving ahead with development of a Central City Line


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Trump’s budget proposal would cut WSU research, Spokane’s Central City Line

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, released Thursday, includes a big defense spending increase and cuts to a number of federal transportation, education, arts and other programs.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Open house set for STA Central City Line

STA holds open house for Central City Line


From Liberty Lake to Cheney, cities across county passed STA transit tax

Voters’ resounding approval of new sales taxes for mass transit puts Spokane on a route for better bus service.


STA takes another run at transit expansion, including electric bus service in central Spokane

A revised ballot measure to improve Spokane Transit Authority services will go before voters on Nov. 8.


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 …


Spokane City Council maintains ability to ask voters for transit sales tax

For the third time in six months, Spokane Mayor David Condon vetoed an ordinance passed by a wide margin on the City Council, only to see it overridden by similar …


Doug Clark: Right-Wingosaurus Spokane’s most endangered species

Doug Clark stalks Spokane’s rare and endangered Right-Wingosaurus.


Sue Lani Madsen: Debate over STA tax should focus on usefulness, not trendiness

The Spokane Transit Authority board has disrupted the Spokane City Council’s move to split out one bus line in the transit system for separate funding, instead putting a new tax …


STA to ask voters again for tax increase to fund transit expansion

Spokane-area voters are going to get another chance to approve a sales tax increase to fund major transit improvements, including a new Central City Line.


Getting There: STA board split over transit expansion

Spokane Transit board members are split over a sakes tax increase to fund buses and a new central city trolley line


Spokane may run its own transit ballot measure this fall

Spokane City Council is willing to run its own ballot measure for transit improvements, including a Central City Line to connect Browne’s Addition, downtown and two campuses.


Getting There: STA board debating new ballot measure for 2016

Spokane Transit Authority officials are talking about their next steps to improve transit service after last year’s narrow defeat of an STA ballot measure that would have raised the sales …


Transportation compromise bill passes House, heads to Senate

OLYMPIA – The Washington state House of Representatives passed a $5.1 billion transportation budget Wednesday, sending the compromise spending plan to the Senate, which could pass it before the first …


STA transit sales tax increase fails

Late returns counted Wednesday failed to give Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 ballot measure enough votes to overcome an election night deficit. With less than 1,000 votes remaining to be …


STA sales tax increase failing

Spokane County voters on Tuesday were turning down a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to pay for improvements to public transit. But the measure still was too close to call, …


STA, policy center spar over Proposition 1 ballot measure

The head of the Spokane Transit Authority says a conservative think tank is intentionally misconstruing facts about a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax to expand transit in …