Monday, September 24, 2012

Some Stuff I Learned Today

Here's a few things I didn't know before that I picked up in a transportation project cost estimation workshop this morning. And yes, it has a tedious name, but no, the workshop wasn't boring. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was.
  • Many communities have put their 'mega' projects on hold due to the economy, and the ones that are doing large projects are mostly doing big transit projects such as light rail and bus rapid transit.
  • There is speculation that labor costs are going down in many areas.
  • Spokane Transit buses aren't 'retired' until they've either had two transmission rebuilds or 750,000 miles put on them.
  • Fuel makes up over 50% of Spokane Transit's yearly budget.

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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.