The Washington State Transportation Commission will host a public open house this week in Spokane to give members of the public the opportunity to learn about and give input on the draft Washington Transportation Plan – 2040 and Beyond. Public input on the plan is needed on how local and regional challenges are addressed, from city streets and sidewalks to air, rail, and water transportation.

The open house is on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 4-6 p.m. at Greater Spokane Incorporated, 801 W. Riverside, Suite 100.

This update of the state’s long-term transportation plan is a chance to take stock of what has changed since it was last updated in 2015 and new needs that have emerged, as well as to new technology that has emerged. Two other areas of particular importance are system resiliency in light of extreme weather events and natural disasters like earthquakes and fires, and how to pay for our transportation system long-term.

Meetings are being held around the state to discuss the WTP 2040 and Beyond draft plan. If you are unable to attend the open house, the draft plan is available online at  WTP2040andBeyond.com or a hardcopy can be obtained by calling (360) 705-7070.  Comments, due by September 20, 2018, can be submitted on the website or by email to: Comments@WTP2040andBeyond.com or mailed to the Transportation Commission at PO Box 47308, Olympia, WA, 98502-7308.

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