Monday, October 6, 2008

Ever wonder how our region plans for the future? Check this out...

If you've ever wondered how the transportation planning process works, your chance to find out is coming up. Tomorrow, Staci Lehman will host a 'Planning Assumptions' meeting. It's a chance to sit down with members of the public and staff from other agencies to give a power point presentation on how we go about planning. The presentation explains how SRTC is staffed and funded, how we decide which studies and projects to undertake, how we use 'modeling' to predict the amount of cars that will be on the road in the future and which projects should be constructed to accommodate them, and how air quality plays into the whole process.

In addition to talking about planning for the future, the meeting will also provide the public a chance to look at and comment on the updated Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The meeting will be at SRTC, 221 W. First, Suite 310 at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The meeting goes until 6, but you're not required to stay the whole time

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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.