Want to know what transportation projects are proposed for Spokane County, what your alternatives are to driving alone, and how to find out about local road closures or backups caused by accidents and other incidents? This blog is designed to educate the public on all transportation-related issues in Spokane County.
President Obama recently released his four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. According to the US Department Of Transportation, the President will include as part of his FY15 budget submission to Congress a four year, $302 billion transportation reauthorization proposal. It would provide an $87 billion increase over the current spending levels. Some new programs in the proposal include:
New Freight Program
New Critical Immediate Investments Program (similar to the previous "fix-it-first" proposals)
New FAST (Fixing and Accelerating Surfact Transportation) Program Competitive Grants
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.