Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How Hard It Is To Get To Work Says A Lot About A Community

The shift in thinking when it comes to community planning is to plan around neighborhood centers, schools and jobs so that you live, work and play in your neighborhood.

A new tool is making that easier to do; a new suite of transportation-mapping projects that uses census data to determine how many jobs are physically accessible to you in a variety of industries within a certain distance or timeframe from your residence, no matter what transportation mode you use to get there.

These new tools are expected to help determine where cities build new housing, which specific communities can't afford cuts to public transit and how traffic would be impacted by certain changes in infrastructure, such as closing a bridge or major arterial.

The Washington Post has more on the new series of maps that can help to plan communities.

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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.