Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Magic Behind The (Transportation) Modeling

While it sometimes seems like a circus around here, there is actually a method to the madness of how we go about transportation planning.

Transportation Modeler Anna and myself will be hosting our annual 'Planning Assumptions' meeting next Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 4-6 p.m. This meeting is aimed at educating the public on the tools and methodologies used in planning, including computer programs that analyze transportation data and the data required to run them.

So if you've ever wanted a peak behind the scenes, come to this meeting. It's in the SRTC conference room at 221 W. First Ave., Suite 310.

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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.