Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Who DOESN'T Love To Watch Traffic Cameras?

This story off the Washington State Department of Transportation Blog is really cool. It's about an autistic Western Washington boy fascinated with traffic cameras and how the staff of a transportation management center (TMC) on that side of the state gave him a couple very special days working alongside them in the center.

Incidentally, we have our own TMC here in Spokane. If you haven't checked out our traffic cameras before, you can at These are the same cameras you see on local television news shows and on City Cable 5 between other programming. We also have someone who spends a lot of time watching them and calls in if there is a malfunction. She usually swears a lot but we appreciate her letting us know something isn't functioning right anyway.

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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.