Thursday, October 17, 2013

I'm Going To Take It Personal If You Don't Have Something To Say About Horizon 2040


I can die happy now. After two years, a final draft of SRTC's Horizon 2040 plan is finally complete and out to an official 30-day public comment period.

Horizon 2040 is a long-term “blueprint” that guides how the regional transportation system will grow and develop through the year 2040. It is based on projections for growth in population, housing and jobs and takes into consideration every mode of transportation, such as private vehicles, public transit, bicycling, walking, freight movement, rail and air travel. Horizon 2040 includes:

  • The projected demand expected to be placed on the regional transportation system between 2014 and 2040;
  • the condition of existing transportation facilities;
  • strategies to operate and maintain regional transportation facilities and manage congestion;
  • assessments of area pedestrian and bicycle facilities;
  • a list of transportation projects and programs to be constructed or completed by 2040; and
  • a financial plan to carry out all of the above activities.
So, we've done our part. Now it's time to do yours. We're giving you 30 days to review the plan, plus two open houses if you want to come talk to us about it in person, and submit comments. Here are the details on the open houses:
  • Tuesday, October 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cheney Library at 610 First Street, Cheney, WA
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. Spokane, WA, in the Assembly Room
Horizon 2040 is available for review and comment before then at http://www.srtc.org/mtp_2040.html. Hard copies can be viewed at the SRTC office at 221 W. First Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA. Comments can be submitted by emailing contact.srtc@srtc.org, mailing to SRTC or by calling (509) 343-6370. The public comment period for Horizon 2040 runs from October 18 to November 16, 2013.

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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.