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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 …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Judge blocks Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

A King County Superior Court judge temporarily halted the Dec. 5 implementation of Initiative 976, which would limit car tabs to $30 a year, eliminate a host of programs that …

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.

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 …

The Dirt: Spokane Community College building $5 million transit center

A bigger, relocated transit center is coming to the campus of Spokane Community College, according to permits issued by the city.

UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019

Spokane Community College building $5 million transit center

A bigger, relocated transit center is coming to the campus of Spokane Community College, according to permits issued by the city.

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 …

‘Transit’ is a Holocaust movie set in the present, and the gimmick is surprisingly effective

Directed by Christian Petzold, “Transit” is, at heart, a romance, albeit a far-fetched one.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Thanks to VW scandal, STA to add electric bus to fleet

Spokane Transit Authority is getting its first fully electric bus, the first in what may be full electrification of its fleet, in the next one to three years, the agency …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018

Union says STA report clearing HR director is ‘deeply troubling’

The president of the union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said a report clearing the agency’s human resources director of wrongdoing is “deeply troubling as an indication of STA’s …

Compass explores options for regional mass transit

As the Treasure Valley continues to expand, the services that allow people to work and live here will have to keep up. With this growth, however, does the Treasure Valley …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018

Spokane City Council names pedestrian span ‘University District Gateway Bridge’

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted the name that has been used as a placeholder for the long-promised span spilling into the bustling University District.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

Getting There: New East Sprague transit stops cut bus ‘dwell time’

The new transit stops on East Sprague look great, but it’s what they’re doing that has people at Spokane Transit Authority and the city excited.

Q&A with graphic designer Cam Booth

Graphic designer Cam Booth used historical documents to recreate maps of Spokane’s early transit lines. He spoke with the Spokesman-Review about his motivation to undertake the project and what he …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017

Century-old maps – and a 21st-century treatment – reveal transit lines Spokane’s past

Cameron Booth, a Portland-based graphic designer from Australia, has given Spokane’s streetcar and electric interurban rail networks a decidedly 21st-century treatment, giving them new digital life.

Portland TriMet wants to extend ban policy in wake of transit crimes

Oregon’s Portland-area transportation agency has had enough of trouble riders and wants to extend how long it can ban people from using its services.

Ford recalls big vans; cracked coupling can cause power loss

Ford is recalling more than 400,000 Transit vans and buses to fix cracked drive shaft couplings that can cause the vehicles to lose power.

Three teens accused of pepper-spraying Portland bus driver

Portland police arrested a young woman and two girls accused of attacking a bus driver with spit and pepper spray.

Downtown Seattle bus station being sold for convention space

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted to sell a 4-acre bus station in downtown Seattle to make way for the Washington State Convention Center.

UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

Bill threatening Idaho transit systems introduced, then killed

An influential Southern Idaho lawmaker introduced last-minute legislation Thursday that would have undermined regional transit authorities around the state, including CityLink in North Idaho, but by the end of the …

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

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

Getting There: Kootenai County residents asked about Citylink improvements, possible fares

Residents in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and surrounding communities are being asked to participate in a study of the future of Citylink, the small urban bus line serving the area

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 …

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.

Citylink Transit system to get checkup

After 10 years of free bus service in Kootenai County, Citylink Transit will undergo a major assessment of routes, stops, ridership and travel times, as well as the possibility of …

Shawn Vestal: Trolley-bashing Washington Policy Center has funny way of showing neutrality

Have you been wondering what position the Washington Policy Center is taking on the Spokane transit ballot measure? They don’t have one!

Spokane voters to decide on expanded bus service

Bus service in northwest Spokane would see significant improvements under a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax by an additional 0.3 percent to bolster transit. Spokane Transit Authority …

French draws ire of fellow commissioners talking up STA tax on TV

The usually monolithic Spokane County Commission showed signs of cracking Tuesday as Shelly O’Quinn and Todd Mielke took colleague Al French to task for using a monthly TV program to …

Younger people more likely to ride transit, report finds

People under 30 are four times more likely to ride transit than people over 60, according to a national report from the TransitCenter organization. Use of public transit varies greatly …

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 …