Monday, December 7, 2015

Obama Signs Five Year Federal Transportation Bill

      NOW we can celebrate! Last Friday, President Obama signed a $305 billion, five-year transportation bill into law. The 1,300 page Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) provides reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program (along with passenger rail and several other items). The new law includes additional local funding through the Surface Transportation Program and an increase in Transportation Alternatives Program and Metropolitan Planning funding. 
      You can read all 1,300 pages if you'd like, or here's another option: the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC if you like acronyms) has prepared an analysis of the new law, which you can access here and which will save you a lot of time. You're welcome.

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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.