Monday, November 30, 2015

Input Needed on How the Transportation Planning Process Meets the Needs of Our Area

Every four years, SRTC is required to go through what is called a federal transportation planning certification review to ensure the agency is in accordance with state and federal planning regulations.

On Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be in the SRTC office to review our planning process, including organization and management, planning agreements, plan development, public involvement, congestion management, project selection/monitoring, financial constraint, environmental justice, freight, air quality, and more.

In conjunction with this review, a public meeting will be held to provide the public an opportunity to express thoughts and comments on the transportation planning process and how it meets the needs of the Spokane metropolitan area. The meeting is Tuesday, December 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm, at SRTC, 221 W. First Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Those who cannot, but have thoughts to share, can submit comments in writing to either FTA or FHWA via mail or e-mail by December 1, 2015 to:

Sidney Stecker, Federal Highway Administration, 711 S. Capitol Way, Suite 501, Olympia, WA  98501, sidney.stecker@, 360/753-9555.

Ned Conroy,      Federal Transit Administration, 915 Second Street, Room 3142, Seattle, WA 98174-1002, 206/220-4318.

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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.