Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Could Budget Negotiations Ruin Promising Year For Transit?

2013 looks to be a good year for public transit. Roughly $64.3 billion in transit expansion projects will begin construction this year alone. However, the next stage of budget negotiations following the New Year’s Eve “fiscal cliff” drama could have a major dampening effect. Streetsblog shows how the New Starts program that funds major transit projects could lose funding.

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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.