Monday, June 2, 2014

Rethinking Infrastructure To Be Prepared For Tomorrow

Damage to a ferry terminal caused by Super Storm Sandy.
You've heard the term "come hell or high water" right? Well transportation planners are literally planning for high water these days- as well as earthquakes, extreme heat and energy shortages.

This article from The Atlantic looks at five crucial principles for 21st century transportation planning, including planning for an uncertain future, designing infrastructure to be responsive and repairable, building transit networks instead of lines, personalizing public transit through a number of methods, and developing more flexible governance and operating systems (amen to that!).

One of our transportation planners commented on this article that, in his opinion, it sums up where we should be headed as a region.

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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.