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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

‘Curing Spokane’ advocates selling STA downtown plaza and putting a bus station underground

The video suggests Spokane Transit Authority’s downtown bus plaza is a magnet for criminal activity.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Make Music Winter brings music to the streets

Make Music Winter Spokane, dubbed Harmonicas for Happiness, will kick off at the STA Plaza.


Woman accused in downtown Spokane stabbing arrested

Police on Monday arrested a woman from Wisconsin accused in a downtown Spokane stabbing.


STA Plaza showing off its new look

A $5 million remodel of the STA Plaza is nearly complete.


The Dirt: Spokane Transit Authority plaza upgrades in full swing

Spokane Transit Authority plaza upgrades are in full swing as the downtown Spokane facility remains open.


STA to resume paying downtown police officer’s salary

The Spokane Transit Authority will once again pay the salary of a downtown police officer under the terms of a contract approved by the organization’s board Thursday.


STA Plaza renovation to start in April

The long-awaited renovation of the STA Plaza will begin in April and take about a year to complete.


Shawn Vestal: Downtown police presence must not be forgotten in shift from STA Plaza

Remember the great downtown panic of 2013? A sense of desperation about hooliganism and visible homelessness reigned. Business owners complained about unruly crowds. Tales of aggressive panhandlers were told in …


Spokane leaders mum on suspension of police captain

Interim Spokane police Chief Rick Dobrow remained tight-lipped Tuesday about his reasons for placing the leader of the downtown police precinct on leave, saying only that it was related to …


Plan funding divides STA board

Battle lines were drawn early by transit officials in a four-hour-long meeting Thursday afternoon, but the eventual 6-3 split sending a 10-year, $300 million project to the ballot wasn’t clear …


Transit officials OK engineering study for cross-town trolley bus line

Spokane mass transit officials are poised to ask voters for a sales tax increase to run a trolley bus line from Browne’s Addition through the heart of downtown to the …


STA holding public hearing on 10-year plan

Spokane Transit Authority’s board of directors, under criticism from the business community over downtown loitering, will face its critics on Thursday while also considering a 10-year plan to improve transit …


Shawn Vestal: Downtown Spokane concerns expose hypocrisy

There’s a wonderful scene in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life,” in which officers in the British army that is violently “colonializing” Africa display their obtuseness when they are told …


Doug Clark: How to rid the STA Plaza of those pesky people

There’s a rumble in our concrete jungle. Yes, fight fans, the battle’s over pedestrian turf rights outside the bus plaza.


Bus riders impede flow of pedestrians at plaza, business group contends

Who has precedence on Spokane’s sidewalks: pedestrians or people waiting for the bus at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza? Downtown business interests posed that question Monday in an email to …


Downtown business leaders meet to discuss STA Plaza’s future

A task force of business leaders met behind closed doors on Wednesday to talk about the future of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza in the heart of downtown. The meeting …


Signs point to dim future for STA Plaza

Spokane’s business community likely will succeed in pushing the region’s central bus plaza out of downtown, a former transit board chairman predicts. “We were doing everything we could to appease …


Fast facts about STA riders, plaza

Who rides the bus? A lot of people who earn less than $20,000 a year. A lot of young people and students. A higher proportion of minorities than the general …


STA Plaza stabber sentenced to 28 years in prison

Shackled and slightly stooped, the man who fatally stabbed another downtown this month over what he called “stuff that happened in the streets” apologized Tuesday for sparking an hourslong manhunt, …


UPDATED: Sun., June 8, 2014, 12:58 a.m.

Man fatally stabbed at plaza

After a six-hour manhunt, which included a home-by-home search, Spokane police caught a suspect they believe fatally stabbed a man earlier in the day at the crowded Spokane Transit Authority …


UPDATED: Sat., June 7, 2014, 10:15 p.m.

Police say stabbing suspect knew victim

After a six-hour manhunt, which included a home-by-home search, Spokane police caught a suspect they believe fatally stabbed a man earlier in the day at the crowded Spokane Transit Authority …


Doug Clark: Plaza makeover solves city’s jail overcrowding

What a coincidence! STA (Spokane Transient Authority) approved its makeover scheme for the downtown Bus Plaza at almost the same exact time I finished my own Spokane Plazatentiary plan.


STA board approves $4.7 million bus Plaza remodel

The waterfall that cascades through the center of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza is headed down the river. On Thursday, the STA board of directors unanimously approved a $4.7 million …


STA Plaza indecency suspect disputes charge

Acting as his own attorney, a man accused of exposing himself to a minor at the STA Plaza told a judge Tuesday that he’s been wrongly accused. Billy M. Ogan, …


Doug Clark: At the price of a pack, Plaza smokers deserve a lot

Hanging out on a downtown Spokane street corner, smokin’ ciggies with my new best buds, Tony and Rock. When I heard the bus Plaza (aka The Garage Mahal) was going …


STA Plaza remodel planning under way

The cavernous second floor of Spokane Transit Authority’s downtown bus station could find a new use in a remodeling project planned by the agency. A consultant hired to look at …


Spokane police can cite smokers who violate law

Spokane police have a new responsibility: enforcement of smoking laws. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously gave its police officers the power to write $50 tickets for violating smoking …


Jail ordered in assault case

A Spokane man accused of threatening to kill a woman and her baby pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault Thursday. A Spokane County Superior Court Judge sentenced 38-year-old …


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 …


STA Plaza suspect faces more charges

Police filed additional charges Friday of rape and kidnapping against a man accused of threatening to kill a woman and her baby at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza downtown. Police …