Want to know what transportation projects are proposed for Spokane County, what your alternatives are to driving alone, and how to find out about local road closures or backups caused by accidents and other incidents? This blog is designed to educate the public on all transportation-related issues in Spokane County.
Friday, February 26, 2016
WA State House Passed Transportation Budget Proposal
The Washington State House last night passed a proposal for a transportation budget that includes a raise for Washington State Patrol troopers. Fox Q13 reports that the proposal was approved on an 84-13 vote. The Senate’s transportation plan has not been voted on by that chamber.
The trooper raises are aimed at recruiting new troopers and retaining current ones. Data shows that troopers often leave for higher-paying local law enforcement jobs.
The House transportation budget would increase spending by $473 million from the two-year transportation budget.
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.