Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Article Predicts Projects In Budget Will Ease Car Dependency

A visualization of how the U-District Pedestrian
Bridge will look.
An opinion piece in today's Spokesman-Review lauds two projects included in the state transportation budget for the next biennium: the University District Gateway Bridge, which would connect the U-district campus to East Sprague, and a central city trolley line through the core of the city.

Writer Shawn Vestal says these investments will encourage neighborhood-level revival in Spokane – based on providing a transportation alternative to driving.

The bridge and trolley line are on a  list of items to be funded by the transportation package. The bridge project would receive $8.8 million, in addition to city money and other funding.

The central city line project would receive $15 million, which would help with matching funds to use when applying for federal funds, as the project total is $72 million.

Vestal points out that several projects completed lately de-emphasize cars, including development in the Perry District, Kendall Yards, and work on Monroe between 8th and 14th. He also says the new pedestrian bridge between the U-District and East Sprague will help the next part of the city targeted for revival- East Sprague.

Anyway, it's an interesting piece that you may want to check out at the link above.

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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.

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