Thursday, August 23, 2012

Unspent Earmark Money To Be Released To Fund Projects

I'm a little late on this one as it apparently got lost in my inbox somehow, but the Obama administration late last week it is making hundreds of million of dollars in unspent earmarks immediately available to states for projects that will create jobs and help improve transportation across the country.

$473 million in highway earmarks from FY2003-2006 appropriations acts remain unspent today. Effective last week, state departments of transportation will have the ability to use their unspent earmarked highway funds, on any eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, or port project. A news release with more details is here.

A huge list of available funds by state is here. The only Spokane project on the list is the Riverside Avenue Extention, which is currently under construction now.

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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.