Wednesday, October 29, 2014

STA Is Looking for Feedback on Transit Projects and a Proposed Sales Tax Hike

Spokane Transit is asking for about five minutes of your time. As part of their "Moving Forward" long-range plan, they're proposing a package of transit projects as well as a small increase in the local sales tax rate to help pay for those projects and to sustain current levels of transit service. The voter-approved 0.3% tax increase would equal 15 cents on a $50 purchase. And just so you know, fuel and most food products are sales tax exempt.

Now STA is looking for your opinions on both the projects included in Moving Forward, the proposed tax increase and the plan as a whole. Please take a short survey here and ask your friends to do so as well.

STA's Board of Directors will review this feedback prior to making transit decisions later this winter.

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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.