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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 …


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 …


Kate Burke and Julie Honekamp: STA should expand reduced fare program

Many of the city’s nonprofit partners and community leaders agree: Expanding the Spokane Transit Authority’s reduced fare pass program to all families and adults in need is the next logical …


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

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Spokane ready to add electric buses to STA fleet

Two fully electric buses will be added to STA’s fleet, paid for with proceeds from Volkswagen’s diesel-vehicle scandal and subsequent financial settlements.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Transit station on SFCC campus to consolidate area’s bus stops

Spokane Transit Authority is beginning construction on a transit station on the campus of Spokane Falls Community College, according to city permit data.


Getting There: Do more cars mean better business?

Retailers on Sprague say a drop in traffic has reduced sales. But a county commissioner says the connection isn’t entirely there.


Buses still won’t have to pull over at bus stops in East Sprague business district, STA board decides

Buses will continue to stop in the lane of traffic on East Sprague Avenue, a victory for the transit agency and its plans to build out a “high performance transit” …


Kendall Yards bus pass program reaches 200 users; riders log 64,000 miles

Nearly 64,000 miles have been ridden on Spokane Transit Authority buses by participants in a program that provides free bus passes to anyone who lives or works in the Kendall …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

East Sprague business group wants to move fancy bus stops, but faces resistance

Eighteen months and $150,000 later, the glow has come off the fancy new bus stops on East Sprague Avenue for the city of Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

STA warns passengers that slick roads may cause bus delays on Tuesday

An inch of snow was measured at the National Weather Service’s Spokane office on the West Plains at about 6 a.m.


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.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

STA investigation finds no racism by human resources director

An investigation done for the Spokane Transit Authority determined that allegations the agency’s human resources director made racist comments on social media were unfounded.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Sandpoint man’s racist robocalls offer defense of Spokane transit executive

A white supremacist living in Sandpoint appears to be responsible for another spate of vitriolic automated phone calls, this time targeting Spokane-area residents in response to criticism of a Spokane …


Spokane Transit Authority prepares to build new garage, service building

Spokane Transit Authority has been issued permits to build a $10.7 million garage northwest of the transportation agency’s main offices and existing bus barn.


Spokane Transit Authority prepares to build new garage, service building

Spokane Transit Authority has been issued permits to build a $10.7 million garage northwest of the transportation agency’s main offices and existing bus barn.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

Federal judge sides with bus drivers’ union over ad dispute on STA buses

A federal judge has ruled that Spokane Transit Authority violated the First Amendment when it refused to allow the union to advertise on placards placed on the STA buses.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

Woman temporarily banned from STA plaza after trying to stop bus

A woman has been banned from the Spokane Transit Authority plaza for 60 days after hitting a bus to prevent it from departing.


Bus drivers union sues Spokane Transit Authority over refusal of pro-union bus ad

The Amalgamated Transit Union representing Spokane bus drivers is suing Spokane Transit Authority – the drivers’ employer – for rejecting a pro-union ad it wants plastered onto buses.


Vocal Point: Stranger’s offer of jacket a warm gesture

That bit of offered kindness beats reading a book full of life affirmations.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Fleeing felon causes crash involving STA bus

A convicted felon sped away from police Tuesday morning and reportedly ran a red light and caused a crash that involved an STA bus.


Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace sparks debate on ridership of STA buses

Spokane Valley’s Ed Pace asks people to count riders on STA buses; said STA ridership numbers don’t match his common observation of three or fewer people on buses.


STA board votes to increase fares in 2017, 2018

The Spokane Transit Authority board voted unanimously on Thursday to raise fares in two steps in 2017 and 2018


STA offering Hoopfest shuttles and cut-rate fares; weather should be fine

Spokane Transit is providing shuttle service and cut-rate fares for Hoopfest


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

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


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 considering new funding for downtown police officer

STA is considering renewing an agreement to fund a downtown Spokane police officer, police officials told Spokane’s Public Safety Committee Monday.