Thursday, March 6, 2014

Four-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

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
Interested in more details and specifics? Here are the highlights from the USDOT.

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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.