Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Washington State Rail Plan Public Workshop

When out talking to people lately, I've been hearing a lot about railroads. That the passenger service in our area isn't exactly convenient, that there are intersections where trains cause long waits for vehicles and that additional safety measures are needed at some railroad crossings where cars and rail aren't separated.

As it seems to be a top-of-mind subject, now seems to be the right time for a public workshop on the Washington State Department of Trnasportation's Washington State Rail Plan.

The workshop is 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and everyone is welcome. But you have to RSVP to ensure enough space and materials to accommodate all attendees.

The workshop will be preceded by a mini-open-house  from 9-10 a.m. where you can look over materials in advance of the workshop.

Workshop Objectives include:
1. Introduce the project vision/goals, timeline and opportunities for public involvement
2. Identify vision and goal statement themes; solicit “big questions"
3. Solicit and record feedback from the group

To R.S.V.P., contact Kerri Woehler at 360-705-6902 or WoehleK@wsdot.wa.gov. Directions will be sent when you R.S.V.P. ~ please include:

Your name
Phone number and email address
Rail interest: freight rail, passenger rail or both

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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.