Friday, November 18, 2011

DRAFT Planning Documents Available For Review- Give Us Your Input

SRTC has just completed a draft of both the 2011 Spokane Region Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and an update to the 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and both are available for public review and comment. An open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m. at SRTC to answer questions and receive input on both documents.

The MTP is a long-term, multimodal “blueprint” for transportation programs and services aimed at meeting the mobility needs of the region through the year 2035. Transportation plans and projects are proposed within the MTP in the form of a list of projects to potentially be constructed by all jurisdictions within Spokane County over the next 25 years. The last update of the MTP took place in 2008. It is federally required to be updated every four years.

The TIP is a short-term programming document that provides information on state or local projects that are planned for construction or implementation within the next four years. The anticipated flow of federal funds and matching state or local contributions is also detailed.. The TIP contains funding information for all modes of transportation including highways and transit. It is required to be updated at least every two years.

Both the MTP and TIP are available for review and comment through Dec. 18. The MTP can be found here. And the TIP is here.

To submit comments on either plan, email them here.

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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.