Sunday, June 28, 2009

Getting to Spokane for the WSGS Conference

Probably most people will drive and, we hope, carpool. Spokane is served by I-90, US 195, US 2, US 395 and numerous state roads. By the time of the conference, part of the North Spokane corridor will be open, but probably of little use to anyone coming to the WSGS Conference.

Spokane International Airport has Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Horizon, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways airlines. Before 1941, it was known as Sunset Field, but then was purchased by the Department of Defense and renamed Geiger Field after Major Harold Geiger, an Army aviator. In 1946 it became Spokane Municipal Airport and got its present name in 1960. Spokane Transit serves the Spokane International Airport with buses arriving at the Plaza a block from the Davenport.

Spokane has rail and bus service provided by Amtrak and Greyhound via the Spokane Intermodal Center. The city is a stop for Amtrak's Empire Builder on its way from Chicago. Through service continues once a night to both Seattle and Portland, a reflection of the old Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway. The Spokane Intermodal Center originally was the Northern Pacific Railroad terminal and is located six blocks from the Davenport Hotel. Spokane Transit also serves the Intermodal Center.

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