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.
Monday, July 22, 2013
China Considering Expanding Restrictions On How Many Cars Can Be Sold
China already limits how many cars can be purchased in certain cities, and is considering expanding the restrictions to other cities as well. China is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, and is hoping to cut down on air pollution and traffic congestion by only allowing citizens to purchase vehicles through a lotterly system and by releasing a limited number of license plates.
China is the biggest car market in the world and opponents of limiting car purchases say cutting back on how many cars are sold could severely impact the economy.
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.