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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What function does a Regional Transportation Council serve?
A. Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for Spokane County.  As a local intergovernmental agency, SRTC encourages coordination and collaboration between planning and transportation departments in the City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, Spokane County, Spokane Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation and small cities and towns in order to assure connectivity throughout Spokane County.

Services SRTC offers include transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information and analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographical information services, trip generation rates and traffic analysis zone data.

Q. How is SRTC funded?
A.  SRTC is funded through a variety of sources including federal, state and local funding. 

Q.  Who are SRTC’s clients?
A. Our clients include the federal government, the state of Washington, public transit, local jurisdictions and private transportation providers.

Q. What area does SRTC cover?
A. SRTC services all jurisdictions within Spokane County.

Q.  What services does SRTC not provide?
A.  At SRTC, we do not do any transportation facility maintenance and operations, provide bus schedules or deal with driver or car licensing issues.  For help with any of these issues, and more, refer to our ‘Community Links’ page.

Q. Why do we do transportation planning?
A. Transportation planning supports the economic vitality of the region by increasing options and enhancing the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight. Transportation planning requires developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining, and financing our transportation system to advance the area's long-term goals. An efficient transportation system can improve the economy, shape development patterns, and influence quality of life and the natural environment.

Q. How does SRTC’s work affect me?
A. Decisions made by SRTC’s Board and subcommittees are reflected by views of various cities and their residents.  MPO Committee members are ultimately responsible to the residents of the region for the quality of transportation services and for the impact of transportation on their overall quality of life.  Public input provides transportation planners with information required to address the needs and concerns of communities within the region.

A. Where are the best routes to ride my bike?
Q. SRTC works with several local agencies and jurisdictions to encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation to driving alone.  SRTC has developed the Spokane Regional Bicycle Map to inform people of the best routes to ride when commuting by bicycle.  We have also developed maps of some fun recreational rides.  You can find bicycle and pedestrian information on the Bicycle/Pedestrian page of this website.

Q.  What is the management structure at SRTC?
A.  SRTC has a Policy Board made up of 15 members from various local jurisdictions and the transportation sector.  For a list of Board members, and Board meeting dates, click here.

Q.  What committees does SRTC have?
A.  SRTC has two standing committee, the Transportation Technical Committee(TTC) and the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). 

The TTC provides project input and helps assure a coordinated and well-considered regional transportation system.   It is composed of professionals from various local and state agencies.  The TTC meets monthly to conduct technical reviews of activities such as work programs and consultant contracts and to coordinate projects between jurisdictions.
 
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is a citizen-based group that makes policy recommendations on plans, programs and activities conducted by and through SRTC.

Q.  What is the Spokane Regional Transportation Management Center (SRTMC)?
A.  The SRTMC is a control center for live traffic cameras and traffic management located within the SRTC suite of offices.  Center operators monitor over 90 area traffic cameras 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the SRTMC, looking for incidents that could cause traffic congestion, such as collisions, broken down vehicles or debris on area roadways. They coordinate closely with local first response agencies, the 911 center, and the state police from Washington and Idaho to keep traffic moving. The operators have access and control to most of the regions’ devices used to monitor and control traffic, including closed-circuit TV cameras, message signs, traffic measurement stations and highway advisory radio stations.
SRTMC is jointly controlled and funded by the Cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane County, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Spokane Regional Transportation Council. Click here to visit the SRTMC website.