Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Mayor Is On The Case

You can rest easy now, because Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is in Washington, D.C., this week advocating for a variety of important needs, including transportation. A news release just sent out from the City says Verner is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting and advocating for:

- Funding and policy to support public safety, including the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) program.

- Transportation priorities, including Surface Transportation Act reauthorization, providing transportation funding directly to cities, and providing flexibility for cities to use funds to create complete streets that accommodate motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Community Development Block Grant funding for neighborhoods.

- Ongoing support for Workforce Development, including summer youth employment programs.

-Support for insurance and lines of credit through the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would allow small business to support jobs.

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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.