Tuesday, July 28, 2009

USA Today Says Spokane Has '4th Least' Road Congestion

Paul Kropp sent me a heads up that there is a Spokane mention in today's USA Today. Neither he nor I can find it on their website though, and when I ran down to the lobby to grab a copy, the box was empty!

I don't have time to run to the store at lunch today so I'm going to take his word on this (I'd say Paul's a pretty good source) and let him describe it as he did in his email to me (why do work when I can get someone else to do it for me?):

Today's USA Today has a Snapshot graphic below the fold on the left side that portrays "Cities with least road congestion in peak hours": Spokane is shown as 4th least (17%) of "metro areas with the lowest percentage of rush- hour travelers stuck in traffic jams." The source cited is the Texas Transportation Institute.

Thanks Paul! Now I need a little help finishing up my annual Title VI review, got any extra time on your hands?


Michael Keller said...

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In 2020, at this rate, congestion problems in cities with 500000 to 1 .... peak-period travel in the most congested corridors and urban areas in the U.S. ...... sections of road in larger areas can be congested for 10 to 12 hours of the ...... Twenty-one urban areas had a total annual congestion cost of at least $1 ...
www.itsa.org/itsa/files/pdf/mobility_report_2009_wappx.pdf - Similar

Michael Keller said...

Here above is where you can find all the rankings they used in the urban mobility survey that led to Spokane being the 4th Least Road Congestion.

Michael Keller, Windermere-South Regal

SRTC Staff said...

Thanks Michael! I'll put a link on the front page.

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.