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Thursday, August 1, 2013
State Determines Coal Train Study Will Be Statewide
The state Department of Ecology yesterday announced that the environmental impact statement for the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal on the north Puget Sound coast will look beyond the immediate area when considering the effects of a new port.
Consultants will study the health and safety impacts of added train traffic throughout Washington, and the possible increase of greenhouse gases from burning that coal in China and other Asian countries.
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.