October 24, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 27

Cheney site of regional transportation public meeting

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is taking public opinion on the future of transportation investments in the Spokane-area. The SRTC has completed a draft of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), Horizon 2040, and is making it available to the public with two open houses and a 30-day public comment period.

The public will get a chance to see their comments reflected at two open houses. The first is Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cheney Library, 610 First St. The second is Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. in Spokane.

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

Horizon 2040 includes projected demands expected on the regional transportation system between 2014 and 2040, condition of existing transportation facilities, strategies to operate and maintain regional transportation facilities and manage congestion, assessments of area pedestrian and bicycle facilities, a list of transportation projects and programs to be constructed or completed by 2040 and a financial plan to carry out all of the above activities.

Horizon 2040 is required to demonstrate that funding exists, or will exist, to pay for each of the projects recommended by the plan to be built or completed.

Comments can be submitted by emailing contact.srtc@srtc.org, mailing to SRTC or by calling (509) 343-6370. The public comment period for Horizon 2040 runs from Oct. 18-Nov. 16.

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