Thursday, September 17, 2015

What's the Best Way to Spend $816 Million?

Every year, SRTC compiles a list of projects that will be constructed over the next four years, for programs that will be funded and implemented in that timeframe. It's called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2016-2019 version has a total of 122 projects equaling $816 million in local transportation improvements. 

Those projects and programs vary widely, from projects that maintain and preserve our roads to construction of new facilities like the North Spokane Corridor and projects that encourage economic development. There are also bridge replacement projects, public transit improvements and bicycle and pedestrian facilities included in the document.

Eight hundred and sixteen million is a lot of money. So how do we know we're spending it in the right places? That's where you come in. SRTC will host a public meeting next week, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4-6 p.m. to give people like yourself a chance to review the TIP and ask questions about it, face to face with the people who put it together. You can also provide your thoughts on it while here. The meeting is in our office at SRTC, 221 W. First Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA 99201.  

For those who would like to submit comments but can't attend the meeting, a public comment period runsthrough 4 p.m. on Friday, October 2. Comments can be emailed to
contact.srtc@srtc.org, mailed to SRTC at the address above, or phoned in to (509) 343-6370.

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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.