Thursday, July 5, 2012

'Cliff Notes' Guide To New Federal Transportation Bill

A lot of people have been asking how the new federal transportation bill, MAP 21, compares to the old one, SAFETEA-LU. Having had a few days off and then the holiday, I haven't had time to go through it myself. Thanks to one of the members of our Transportation Advisory Committee though for sending this analysis of MAP 21, by America Bikes. It compares areas of the two bills, such as Programs, Funding & State Opt Out, Eligible Uses, Program Mechanics, etc. side by side, then offers and analysis for each topic. There is also a section where 'Frequently Asked Questions' are answered. All in all, it appears to be a pretty good 'Cliffs Notes' because I'm guessing there's not much chance you'll read the entire MAP 21 bill.

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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.