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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

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 …


Garfield County joins Western Washington transportation players in suing over car-tab initiative

Initiative 976 could shutter the small southeast Washington county’s transportation authority, a lifeline for many elderly and rural residents on fixed incomes who need rides to regional hubs. The Garfield …


Work on Central City Line infrastructure progresses

Spokane’s first bus rapid transit line is still two or three years away but work to prepare the city for its arrival continues, most recently at the downtown transit plaza.


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: Wed., July 26, 2017

City to consider bike share proposals; could launch program by 2019

Visit nearly any American city and a bike awaits you. Kiosks filled with bikes for rent populate the cores of New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland and 113 other cities …


NTSB probe of deadly crash focuses on engineer, black box

Here’s what is known about the investigation into a commuter train crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others Thursday in Hoboken, New Jersey.


NJ train crash raises many familiar safety issues

The investigation into a New Jersey commuter train that hurtled into a station building Thursday raises many familiar issues from other crashes, including whether the tragedy could have been prevented …


Sound Transit sees crowded trains after new stations open

Sound Transit, which for years ran light-rail trains that were too empty, now has cramped passengers clamoring for more railcars.


Getting There: STA unveils plans to fix crowded corridors

Spokane Transit Authority last week unveiled a series of concepts to improve public transportation in future years. The cost ranges up to $400 million for construction of modern electric trolleys …


Then and Now photos: Public transit

Trains powered by hydroelectric dams on the Spokane River were the first urban public transportation system in early Spokane. The Spokane and Montrose Street Railway, which operated the first electrified …


Getting There: Fancher Beacon tower taken down

The historic Fancher Beacon tower that once held a powerful rotating light for early aviation is now gone from atop Beacon Hill in east Spokane. Named after Maj. John T. …


Federal review finds deficiencies in transportation plan

The organization responsible for planning transportation spending in Spokane is getting its knuckles rapped in a newly released federal review. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council failed to include public transit …


Eye on Boise: Holiday travel expected to go up despite gas prices

BOISE – Idaho’s average gas price is now $2.99 per gallon, up four cents in the past three weeks and 31 cents above the national average of $2.68, according to …


AAA: Washington gas prices up 14 cents over year

The AAA auto club says drivers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend in Washington will find gasoline prices 14 cents a gallon higher than they were this time last …


Bus service a lifeline for city’s poor

In a nation that boasts a car for every two residents, the road to economic recovery cannot be traveled on foot. This is the first lesson a homeless family seeking …


Our View: STA owes voters, patrons a balanced funding plan

The Spokane Transit Authority and its riders needed help in 2004, and the voters came through, approving a 0.3 percent sales tax increase, at least for four years. Last spring, …


STA board won’t replace bus benches

It’s a showdown for the right to sit down. The Spokane Transit Authority board on Thursday rejected a $38,000 contract to replace some of the bus benches ordered removed by …


STA to buy buses with stimulus funds

Spokane Transit Authority will receive $10.6 million in federal economic stimulus money, and plans to use most of the cash to buy 23 new buses, including 10 diesel-electric hybrids.


STA to consider fare increase

A sharp decline in retail sales tax collections is putting the brakes on Spokane Transit Authority spending, and officials at the agency said a fare increase will be considered next …