Monday, February 4, 2013

Oregon Portion of West Coast Electric Highway Complete

Oregon has completed its portion of the West Coast Electric Highway, according to the Spokesman-Review. When completed, the electric highway will be equipped with quick-charge stations every 25 to 60 miles from British Columbia to Baja, California. The highway is a tri-state effort of Washington, Oregon and California.

Quick-charge stations installed along the highway can typically charge a car battery in 20 to 30 minutes. Depending on battery-charge levels, it can take between four to eight hours at a non-quick-charge station.

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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.