Monday, October 25, 2010

Central Projects Open House Tomorrow

Have questions about mobility in central Spokane? Then tomorrow is your night to have your questions answered. An open house is aimed at answering questions about several projects slated for downtown Spokane and just outside of the central area, including a pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the BNSF mainline, a new street to connect the existing Riverpoint campus with the East Sprague Avenue district, and The possibility of high-performance streetcars between the University District and downtown.

Meeting organizers have also invited other agencies that deal with transportation to have tables at the open house, so I'll be there talking about
SRTC's Vision Project.

Here's more on the meeting and all the subjects that will be tackled, from the Spokesman-Review's 'Getting There' colummn.

2 comments:

Not said...

Train tracks parallel to roads (such as for a "street car") are very dangerous for cyclists. Building a streetcar line in Spokane will make the city LESS bicycle-friendly. Cyclists in Seattle have been extremely displeased with their South Lake Union Trolley.
It seems to me that the idea of a streetcar is all about image rather than performance.
- Ventura

SRTC Staff said...

Thanks Ventura. I've heard about the complaints from Seattle bicyclists. That's why it's good that STA is co-hosting this meeting. It gives people a chance to tell them things like that. If you can't make the meeting though, you can always submit your comments at http://www.connectspokane.org/.

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.