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Getting There: Spokane mayoral hopefuls take stands on 12 transportation issues

The five candidates for Spokane mayor talk road diets, public transportation, bike lanes and whether bringing Lime scooters to the streets (and sidewalks) of Spokane was a good idea.


Change coming for Washington motorcycle owners, drivers

Washington motorcycle owners must make sure their rides are insured once a new law goes into effect this month.


Genesee & Wyoming being taken private in $6.37B deal

Railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming is being taken private by Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC in a deal valued at about $6.37 billion.


Amtrak chief calls on U.S. to end ‘red tape’ on project for New York and New Jersey

Amtrak’s chief executive urged the Trump administration to provide federal funding and complete a key environmental review needed to advance the Gateway program of rail infrastructure projects in New York …


Boeing temporarily storing 737 Max jets at Grant County International Airport

Boeing is temporarily storing its grounded 737 Max jets at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Northwest News Network reported Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 7:27 p.m.

Spokane County closes Euclid Road bridge in Airway Heights

Spokane County closed the Euclid Road bridge in Airway Heights because of a critical failure in its supporting structure.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

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.


Getting There: Spokane Valley to select design following $1.2 million federal grant for Pines Road rail project

Spokane Valley is planning to select a design for its $29 million project to separate road and rail traffic on Pines Road and Trent Avenue.


Mead School District is ‘one of the lucky ones’: EPA grant helps with purchase of five more new buses

Mead School District Transportation Director Brian Liberg has been busy using grant money from the state and federal government to get old school buses, some dating back as far as …


WSU to research crumbling roads and bridges with $7.5 million federal grant

Washington State University has been chosen to receive a $7.5 million federal grant for research and education programs dedicated to improving the nation’s roads and bridges.


Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalities

As electric scooters proliferate around the globe, many people are showing up in emergency rooms with serious injuries


Mead, Colbert residents say Highway 206, Market Street intersection should take priority in transportation plan

Residents of Mead and Colbert discuss the priorities for the Mead-Mt. Spokane Transportation Area plan.


Shawn Vestal: New safety standards for oil trains are needed to prevent tragedy

Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed …


State transportation budget includes sought-after improvements on I-90 in Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley

New road construction projects are coming to Interstate 90 in Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley. They are intended to ease congestion issues and make north-south travel a bit easier in …


Getting There: Valley’s wish list coincides with federal infrastructure deal

The city of Spokane Valley decided on the top four transportation projects it wants federal funding for on the same day President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats agreed to pursue …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Spokane chosen for electric sports car factory with promise of 850 jobs

California-based Mullen Technologies announced plans Wednesday to lease a large assembly and manufacturing plant on the West Plains for development of its electric sports car, ultimately bringing more than 850 …


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 17, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

State fines Spokane limo company for not having required permits

A Spokane-based limousine service was among three companies fined by the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission for operating without proper permits.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikes

Electric scooters are overtaking station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 8:47 a.m.

Spokane to net $200 million in state transportation funding; most to go to North Spokane Corridor

The Washington state Senate and House both passed $10 billion, two-year transportation spending bills in the last two weeks, with nearly $200 million dedicated to projects in the Spokane area.


Getting There: Congestion pricing isn’t coming to Spokane, but these roads aren’t free and never were

A wake-up call is coming to Manhattan motorists in the form of “congestion pricing.” Will this be Spokane’s future someday or just a dose of needed reality about the hodgepodge …


Then and Now: Maple Street Bridge

The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet …


Spokane drivers: It’s time to prepare for the zipper merge

The city’s first freeway ramp meter will begin operation next month on the northbound U.S. Highway 195 ramp to eastbound I-90.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 5 p.m.

Getting around up north is plan goal: Meeting on Mead-Mt. Spokane Transportation Area draws crowd

Representatives from Spokane County came to Mead last week to see what residents want to see in the Mead-Mt. Spokane Transportation Area plan being created to map out improvements over …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane airport executive lobbies Congress for ‘user fee’ increase to $8.50 to finance improvements

The head of Spokane International Airport appealed to a congressional committee Tuesday to allow airports like Spokane’s to raise fees on passengers to fund development projects.


Getting There: Artists-in-residence explore what defines Washington transportation

Two artists-in-residence hired by the state aim to bring a creative touch to Washington’s transportation goals, such as alternatives to single-motorist commuting.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Getting There: Emissions tests will disappear, but accountability gains traction

Washington state lawmakers are considering new laws and taxes to lower pollution as vehicle emissions testing ends this year.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

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 …


Parking study: Spokane should create “premium” parking zone with meter rates of up to $5 per hour

The Spokane parking study suggestion that may cause the most heartburn among motorists urges the city to increase on-street hourly rates.


Study calls for removal of left-turn barrier on 29th at Pittsburg, more street connections on South Hill

A traffic study of 29th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill recommends removing a center lane barrier at Pittsburg Street and extending Crestline Street to connect with Southeast Boulevard.