Thursday, February 21, 2008

GSI engages region with Ideation Campaign

Here is something interesting. If you haven't heard about it already, Greater Spokane Incorporated (the regional chamber of commerce) is soliciting your ideas on how to make Spokane a better place to live, work and play. To accomplish that, GSI has launched an Ideation Campaign to gather input on its web site.

One of the hottest topics on the site is transportation. Ideas range from creating a pedestrian friendly downtown to establishing a transit-oriented hot air balloon service between Coeur d'Alene and Spokane. Read all of the transportation suggestions here. You can even suggest your own idea here.

GSI intends to narrow the suggestions down to a manageable number of doable projects. You can listen to CEO Rich Hadley explain the process during a two-part KGA radio interview here and here.

What exactly is driving transportation to become one of the top issues in the Spokane Region over the past couple of years?

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.