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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
U.S. Transportation System Has $100B in Inefficiencies
I hate to be the all doom and gloom but guess what folks? Looks like the state of our transportation system may be even worse than originally thought. Economist Clifford Winston of the Brookings Institution has crunched the numbers and calculates that its many inefficiencies are worth more than $100 billion.
He breaks it down to costs accrued by car traffic, road damage, inefficient highway funding, and other areas. And the numbers are downright scary.
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.