Thursday, January 30, 2014

Twelve Thousand Transportation Professionals Can't be Wrong; This Was A Good Conference

Our Senior Transportation Planner Ryan was in Washington, D.C. last week for the Transportation Research Board's 93rd annual conference. And he was in good company. Twelve thousand transportation professionals attended from all over the world. The conference is popular because it brings the research and university folks (and their concepts and ideas) together with the people who implement transportation improvements, such as staff at Metropolitan Planning Organizations like SRTC and state departments of transportation.

There were dozens of sessions on different topics held throughout the week, including ones devoted to economic development, climate impacts, nonmotorized research, and measuring the effectiveness of transit investments. Ryan says that "doing more with less" was the most common theme for sessions held at the conference.

Ryan attended sessions on travel demand modeling, public outreach tools and methods, economic analysis and transportation investments, and bundling projects to reduce costs and delivery times. He said he took 20+ pages of notes to share with other SRTC staff and our partners!

The video below is a summary of the conference.

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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.