Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Look Back At Transit History

When you get on Spokane Transit's website to look at the system map these days, it looks a lot different than the first map of local bus routes.

On his Transit 509 blog, Zachary Ziegler gives us a look at the Spokane Transit maps from 1979 and '80, the former which is believed to be the first total-system map for a transit system in Spokane.

These maps are cool because they kind of look like the map you get when you go to an amusement park. And area landmarks were included such as Riverfront Park's Pavilion, the clocktower, parks, schools and colleges.

Check them out here, it's a cool look at our transportation history.

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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.