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October 25, 2018

Input needed on people with transportation special needs

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is looking for input on a plan that addresses the transportation needs of some of the area’s most vulnerable citizens. The Spokane County Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT-HSTP) has recently been updated in collaboration with Spokane Transit and feedback is needed on the transportation needs, gaps in service, strategies, and projects identified in the plan.

The purpose of the CPT-HSTP is to improve transportation services for people with disabilities, youth, seniors, and individuals with lower incomes in Spokane County. It provides guidance for coordinating transportation funding from federal and state programs. Coordination helps to increase access to transportation, minimize duplication of services and encourage cost-effective transportation programs.

The CPT-HSTP includes an overview of population demographics in Spokane County, an inventory of transportation services, common origins and destinations of trips for people with special transportation needs, an assessment of transportation issues and “gaps” in the system and strategies and projects for addressing those gaps.

SRTC would like to hear from members of the public as to whether the CPT-HSTP is on the right track. A public comment period starts today, Tuesday, Oct. 16 and runs through 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

The draft CPT-HSTP can be reviewed at the link above or call (509) 343-6370 for a hardcopy. Comments can be emailed to, mailed to SRTC at 421 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 500, Spokane, WA 99201 or called in to SRTC at the number above.

Ice Age Floods Institute lecture Nov. 1

The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute is holding a lecture by Eastern Washington University professor emeritus Dr. Linda McCollum titled “Factors in the Formation of Geomorphology of Lakes in Spokane County. The lecture takes place Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Spokane Community College’s The Lair, Building 6, and is free and open to the public.

All Flood enthusiasts know that the Channeled Scabland lakes were formed by the floods that took place over 11,000 — 17,000 years ago. But why did local lakes form in particular places? McCollum will explain the factors that controlled the location of the lakes in the Scablands, particularly in the Cheney area.

McCollum retired this year as an emeritus professor of geology at EWU after 35 years of teaching. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. from State University of New York, Binghamton (now Binghamton University). She has led field trips and given professional presentations on aspects of the Ice Age Floods in the Cheney-Spokane region.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Science, Spokane Community College.

The annual membership meeting reception of the Chapter will be held 6 – 7 p.m. in the SCC rotunda outside of The Lair with refreshments and displays of Floods features, Floods books to purchase and raffle tickets to buy for a future drawing for several prizes, including Dr. Otto Stevens’ photographs on aluminum. The raffle funds educational materials that are provided by the Chapter.


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