Want to know what transportation projects are proposed for Spokane County, what your alternatives are to driving alone, and how to find out about local road closures or backups caused by accidents and other incidents? This blog is designed to educate the public on all transportation-related issues in Spokane County.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
BNSF to Use Drones to Inspect Railroad Infrastructure and Operations
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. has a new tool for inspecting railroad infrastructure and operations- drones. BNSF recently received approval to use the remotely controlled flying drones to maximize safety in railroad operations, but hasn't said specifically how and where they'll be used.
BNSF did say it will use the drones, equipped with cameras, to inspect track and monitor trains.
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.