Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Washington State Transportation Plan Draft Available

The Washington State Transportation Commission has released the draft Washington Transportation Plan (WTP 2030) for public review and comment.

WTP 2030 is a 20-year plan Washington State’s transportation system. It identifies long-term funding shortfalls, service needs, and system wide challenges along with suggested solutions and approaches aimed at moving our transportation network into the future. Once finalized, the plan will be submitted to the Governor and the 2011 Legislature.

Public input is an important part of developing WTP 2030. In September, the Commission will hold five “listening sessions,” including one here in Spokane the afternoon of September 23. I'll provide more info on that as we get closer to the date.

If you don't want to wait to get a look at the WTP 2030, you can view it here. You can also submit public input there. The plan is expected to be finalized and approved in December.

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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.