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Stories tagged: Spokane Regional Transportation Council


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Spokane Tribe will get a voice in transportation planning, a move that sparked controversy among Spokane officials

A new law tying state transportation funds to the inclusion of tribes on local transportation planning boards has its origins with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, but the effort to …


Staci Lehman: New direction for transportation planning

Projects that propose adding new lanes will have to justify why it is needed. Project sponsors will have to document that they considered the needs of all transportation users when …


Council approves $1.1 million for Bigelow Gulch Road project

The long-delayed project that would add additional lanes to Bigelow Gulch Road will get $1.1 million in federal funding after all. Spokane County commissioners pushed for the money after stakeholders …


Funding for North Spokane Corridor may delay county road project

Newly secured funding for the construction of the North Spokane Corridor could delay another long-gestating Spokane County road project. A regional board narrowly voted earlier this month not to return …


Millwood considers turn lanes to reduce jams on Argonne

Relief could be on the way in the form of turn lanes for commuters battling traffic congestion along Argonne Road in Millwood. The Millwood City Council examined strategies to improve …


Efforts underway to make alternative transportation options easier in Spokane

After hay bales were piled inside streetcar No. 202 and its blaze reddened the sky, after the flames were doused by firefighters and their six bathing suit-clad assistants, the day …


New tools let users see road projects by neighborhood

Transportation leaders in Spokane have come up with a new and better way to let the public know about road projects in the region: an interactive map available on the …


Future Spokane County transportation plans ambitious, underfunded

Spokane County’s regional transportation system can expect $10.9 billion in funding through 2040. But that won’t be enough to pay for all the region’s transportation needs, according to a newly …


Getting There: Council releases 2040 transportation plan

Population growth and an expanding economy are expected to bring a 37 percent increase in vehicle travel in the Spokane area by 2040. In the same time, demand for transit …


Getting There: Businesses pinched by work on Francis

Merchants in the vicinity of Market Street and Francis Avenue are feeling the double-whammy of two major road projects going on side by side. “It’s been pretty horrible,” said Jeff …


Getting There: Five Mile Prairie Pathways plan OK’d

Two years of work by residents of Five Mile Prairie has resulted in a comprehensive plan for developing bicycle and pedestrian pathways. The plan acknowledges the challenges of creating safe …


Getting There: Grant will be used on ‘complete streets’

The agency responsible for planning and funding regional transportation projects is taking a closer look at how to help pedestrians, bus riders, bicyclists and disabled people safely get around Spokane. …


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 …


City appointees fill spots on boards, commissions

The Spokane City Council on Monday filled positions on about 25 boards and commissions that have seats reserved for city elected leaders. Some seats are advisory or liaison positions, others …


Getting There: U.S. 195, others will get funding priority

Construction of an interchange on U.S. Highway 195 at Hatch Road could join a list of high-priority projects for future transportation funding in the Spokane region. The other high priorities …


Getting There: Upgraded Keller Ferry expected to run in 2013

A Seattle shipyard has won a $9 million bid to build a replacement for the small ferry boat that carries traffic across the Columbia River north of Wilbur, Wash. The …


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, …


Council weighing putting $6.4 million Sprague-Appleway bond on ballot

The city of Spokane Valley is discussing putting a $6.4 million bond on the November ballot to pay for the conversion of Sprague and Appleway to two-way between Argonne and …


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 …


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 …


Getting There: Transportation open houses this week

A yearlong effort to build a cohesive plan for transportation in the Spokane region is nearing completion, and the public is going to get another chance to comment. Two open …


Transit game allows public to test budgeting priorities

People who want to comment on the future of transportation in Spokane have the option of playing a new online game to make their views known. Should Spokane push for …


City analysis notes bike route’s potential for snarled traffic

Removing a lane for cars in favor of one for bicycles along Second Avenue downtown would cause longer traffic backups during rush hour in at least two locations, Spokane officials …


Meeting to focus on transportation

Members of the public will get a chance this evening to participate in a process to draw up a vision for future transportation improvements.


Transportation needs get collaborative look

Local government officials in Spokane County say the region needs about $20 million a year in additional funding to keep up with road and highway needs. They are proposing the …


Council keeps close eye on costs

A light agenda kept things simple at Tuesday’s Liberty Lake City Council meeting, but there were some concerns about the changes proposed on the city’s interlocal agreement with the Spokane …


Regional board examined

The Spokane Valley City Council took a look at the newest version of a regional transportation interlocal agreement during its packed agenda at Tuesday’s council meeting. All the cities and …


Editorial: With too much discord, City Council can’t do its job

For a while on Monday, it looked like the Spokane City Council was climbing aboard Mr. Peabody’s wayback machine for a return to the time, five or six years ago, …


Yearlong study will create ‘vision’ for regional transit

The future of transportation in the Spokane region is going to get a yearlong look in 2010. Leaders from local governments and the private sector have agreed to launch a …