Monday, August 3, 2009

Some Road Trip Observations

Hey look! Jeff has already had time to blog about a couple things!
Thanks Jeff! Well, I'm in Olympia and have a couple observations about my road trip over here yesterday:

- A couple weeks ago I was complaining about having to pay $400 to get the air conditioning in my car fixed. Disregard that. It was a well-spent $400. The temperature gauge in my car said 104 degrees when I was going over the bridge at Vantage.

- I have NEVER seen so many broken-down cars on the side of the road. I counted well over thirty, and only started counting around Ellensburg. Seemed like there were a lot of people with blown tires. I'm not sure if that's a side-effect of the heat, but all I know is that there were a lot of hot-looking people walking down the side of the interstate to get help.

- A friend and I were out until about 11:30 last night in downtown Olympia and even at that time of night there were still a ton of people on bikes riding around, and bikes locked to every available bike rack, tree, and newspaper box.

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.