Friday, December 19, 2014

California Bucking Trend of Declining Traffic

You know how everyone (including SRTC) keeps talking about how the amount of driving is dropping? Well one state is bucking the trend. California’s highways are experiencing record traffic.

Drivers traveled about 185 billion miles on state highways from December 2013 through November 2014, up almost 5 billion miles, or 2.6 percent, from the prior year, according to estimates from the California Department of Transportation.

So, while the rest of the country is driving less, why are Californians driving more? The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the situation.

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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.