Friday, September 27, 2013

Public Open House to Update City Transportation Plan

The City of Spokane is updating its 20-year transportation plan and they're looking for your help. Of course, as we keep telling you, they're doing this against a backdrop of reduced federal transportation funding, limited state resources and transportation maintenance expenses that exceed current local revenues. Given these challenges, it is critical that we plan to get the most out of every dollar.

The update will review  multimodal (pedestrian, bike, transit, freight) transportation best practices, infrastructure needs above and below ground within the right-of-ways, the City’s land use plan and economic development goals, all to ensure our transportation system is ready for where we are going. Working closely with Spokane Transit Authority, the State Department of Transportation and other regional players, the City will develop an integrated multimodal transportation network in a thoughtful, methodical, and creative manner that benefits all users (I'm quoting from prepared text here by the way, in case you hadn't figured that out).

The City is hosting an open house to review the existing transportation conditions and gather input on the community’s transportation visions and goals:

Tuesday, Oct. 8,
6-8 p.m.Student Union Building 17, Room 107
Spokane Falls Community College
W. 3410 Ft. George Wright Drive
Parking available in Lot P9 or take STA Route 20 or 33

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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.