Friday, February 5, 2016

New Projects Proposed to be Added to Long-Range Transportation Plan

SRTC staff is proposing an amendment to Horizon 2040, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and we're looking for your opinion on the idea.

Horizon 2040 is the area’s long-range transportation plan, a “blueprint” that guides how the regional transportation system will develop through 2040. It is based on projections for growth in population, housing and jobs and considers every mode of transportation, such as private vehicles, public transit, bicycling, walking, freight movement, rail and air travel.

The amendment to Horizon 2040 adds three new City of Spokane projects. To be eligible for funding, these projects are required to be included in the plan. The projects are:

·    Main Ave. - Browne St. to Division St. - Reconfigure three lane arterial to two lanes with possible center lane angle parking, mid-block pedestrian crossing and streetscape improvements.

·    North Monroe St.- Indiana Ave. to Garland Ave.- Reconfigure four lane arterial to one lane each direction with a center two-way left turn lane, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements, curb extensions and signal modifications at the intersection of Montgomery.

·    Maxwell Ave.- Maple St. to Washington St.- Reconfigure to two lanes with a center two-way left turn lane.

An update to Horizon 2040’s Financial Plan has also been completed to ensure the plan is financially constrained, and a few other updates made.

·    The proposed 2016 amendment to Horizon 2040 is available for review at A public open house will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 4-6 p.m. at SRTC, 221 W. 1st Ave., Suite 310 to discuss changes to the plan in detail and gather comments from members of the public. A flyer for the meeting is below. Click on it to view it full-size. For those who cannot attend,comments can be submitted by emailing, mailing to SRTC or by calling (509) 343-6370. All comments must be submitted by March 6, 2016.

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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.