Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Senate Budget Proposes $ For Bike/Ped Projects

The proposed senate budget came out at noon today and there are some good things on there for bicyclists and pedestrians in Spokane County. $93,500 is being asked for for the County's Ben Burr Pedestrian/Bike Trail Extension project. And $1,500,000 is requested for the City of Spokane's Market Street Pedestrian Improvements project, which includes reconstruction of sidewalk in the urban core.

We'll update you on other senate budget proposals tomorrow. And we'll continue to follow these proposals through the process to see how they fare, as nothing is guaranteed. Even so, it's encouraging to see that our Senators are pushing for bicycle and pedestrian projects in our area.

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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.