Want to know what transportation projects are proposed for Spokane County, what your alternatives are to driving alone, and how to find out about local road closures or backups caused by accidents and other incidents? This blog is designed to educate the public on all transportation-related issues in Spokane County.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Drones Could Soon Help Maintain The Transportation System
Robots; no longer just good for fighting Darth Vader. Flying robots (also known as drones) could soon be used to safeguard millions of miles of highway in the country. Drones could apparently be used in the future to inspect bridges and roads, survey land with laser mapping and even alert officials to traffic jams or collisions.
A project studying the use of drones recently received $74,984 from the Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation to figure out how drones can help highway workers. LiveScience has the details.
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.