Thursday, July 5, 2012

SRTC Is 20 Meters From The Guy With The Sign Asking For Money

Wow, I thought I was the only one who gives crazy directions but it turns out folks in Costa Rica have been copying my system all these years of directing people to locations using not addresses, but directions such as "a miles from the gas station" or "across from the school." Apparently the country doesn't name streets and homes don't have addresses. It's been estimated this is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue though. For instance, a quarter of sent mail is returned as undeliverable. So why's it taking so long to fix such an inconvenient system? The Wall Street Journal talks about the pros and cons of this system.

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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.