Monday, March 25, 2013

Flight Towers at Five Washington Airports to be Closed, Including Felts Field

USDOT will close air traffic control towers at five Washington State airports in April to meet sequestration budget cuts, it was announced on Friday. One of those airports is Felts Field, here in Spokane. So what does this mean for the airports? Well, it could mean less air traffic using them, increased expenses to pay for alternative air traffic control services or possibly even closing some of the airports. Transportation Issues Daily looks at the impact of this move.

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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.