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Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

 

Spokane Transit (STA) will host a regional open house focusing on Proposition No. 1, which, if approved, will generate additional revenue to maintain service and fund more than 25 regional projects. Voters will decide whether to approve a 0.3% sales tax increase in a special election on April 28, 2015.

 

The open house will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the STA Plaza, Main Floor Rotunda, at 701 W. Riverside Avenue.

 

“The open house will be a great opportunity for community members to speak with STA staff about Proposition 1 and the proposed transit projects, which include several system improvements throughout the region, new night and weekend service, expanded Paratransit service, improved passenger amenities, as well as replacement of vehicles at the end of their useful life,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO.

 

Each of the regional transit projects was identified through an intensive public outreach process over the last three years.

 

North side project starts $73M construction season

North side project starts $73M construction season

 

Work on a 900,000-gallon combined stormwater and wastewater storage facility located near Northwest Boulevard began Monday, marking the start of a $73 million construction season that includes nearly four dozen projects and street levy work planned citywide.

 

The list includes eight combined sewer overflow (CSO) projects, six sidewalk projects, 17 street projects, three trail projects, six water projects, and one storm sewer, restoration and bridge project. Street maintenance work, which involves grind and overlay, crack seal and pothole repair, will also be ongoing throughout the season.

 

"It is going to be a busy season of improvements and maintenance on streets all over the city," Spokane Mayor David Condon said. "We spend considerable time discussing how we can minimize impacts and urge people to continue shopping at their favorite neighborhood businesses, even it it means it takes a little effort to get there."

 

Open house to provide information on Downtown Bicycle Network project

Open house to provide information on Downtown Bicycle Network project

 

The City of Spokane will host an open house for the second phase of work on the Downtown Bicycle Network. At the open house, people will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide feedback.

 

The open house will take place on Tuesday, March 10th from 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. in the Community Building Library at 35 West. Main Street.

 

The project will add bike lanes to Spokane Falls Boulevard from Division Street to Post Street, and on Main Avenue from Howard Street to Pine Street. Main Street will be re-striped to three lanes for vehicular travel.

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

SPD looks to prevent car theft with unattended motor vehicle citations

SPD looks to prevent car theft with unattended motor vehicle citations

As the weather gets colder in Spokane, many people have taken to warming up their vehicles in the morning. However, in just the last week the Spokane Police Department says three vehicles have been stolen while were left running and unattended.

To help prevent these sort of thefts, officers have been contacting owners of unoccupied vehicles while they are on patrol. The Spokane Police department would like to remind citizens the city has an Unattended Motor Vehicle Citation that is $124 per offense. 

The SPD says most vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity, so this citation is designed to discourage citizens from give thieves the opportunity to steal their cars. 

STA Holiday Service for Christmas, New Year's

STA Holiday Service for Christmas, New Year's

Spokane Transit will operate regular weekday service on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, and Sunday/Holiday Service on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 and New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015.

 

On First Night, December 31, 2014, STA will operate a free shuttle service for First Night admission button holders. Shuttles run every 10 minutes. Free parking will be available at Riverpoint Campus, located at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. (Yellow Lot). Shuttle service begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m.

 

STA routes #1 Plaza/Arena Shuttle and #25 Division will be detours all day due to First Night activities. Visit www.spokanetransit.com for details. For more information on First Night Spokane, visit www.firstnightspokane.org.

Spokane named Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community

Spokane named Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Spokane with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award on Tueday.

The award recognizes the city’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Specifically, Spokane was awarded in part for its public outreach education, bike month and bike to work events, bike plan implementation and bicycle-friendly laws and ordinances.

“Visionary community leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond.”