Friday, December 19, 2014

STA's Board Agrees To Send Tax Increase Proposal to Voters

It took four hours to get it done, but members of the Spokane Transit Board yesterday voted to send STA's Central City Line project to voters in the spring.

The project would cost $300 million and includes a sales tax increase of 0.3 percent to fund the plan that would extend hours, expand service to new areas, and fund a trolley-like route between Browne’s Addition and Spokane Community College.

For a while it wasn't clear what the outcome would be, as discussion among board members turned contentious at points.

There were also decisions made yesterday regarding an overhaul to the downtown STA Plaza.

Here's the Spokesman-Review's take on the meeting.

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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.