Thursday, December 19, 2013

WA First State DOT to Adopt Manual That Encourages Bike/Ped and Transit Innovations


This is pretty cool! The Washington state Department of Transportation is the first state DOT to endorse the Urban Street Design Guide put out by the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO).

The manual provides instruction on creating treatments like protected bike lanes, transit-priority streets, and parklets, which aren’t included in standard American engineering guides.

 Lack of official recognition by state DOTs can make it difficult to install some amenities, especially on streets classified as state highways. But Washington cities and towns will have more flexibility to do so. Here's more from DC Streetsblog.

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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.

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