We’ve recently completed an update to the Regional Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Plan and are looking for input on it. The CTR Plan consists of goals and
policies, facility and service improvements, and marketing strategies aimed at reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) over the
next four years through Travel Demand Management (TDM)

TDM are strategies and policies to reduce motor vehicle
travel demand (specifically for drive-alone trips). Managing demand is a
cost-effective alternative to building new roads or adding lanes to existing
roadways. It also cuts down on wear and tear on local streets by reducing the
number of vehicles using them, reduces environmental issues caused by pollution
created by automobiles, and can have positive health impacts for those who
choose to walk or bicycle instead of drive.

Examples of TDM strategies include telecommuting, car and
vanpooling, providing bicycle and pedestrian facilities and supplying transit
subsidies such as bus passes. Some sample strategies included in the CTR Plan
to reduce VMT include:

  • Implementation
    of Spokane Transit Authority’s (STA’s) Smart Bus program that will provide
    real-time location and travel information for buses throughout the STA network. 
  • Adding
    vehicles to STA’s vanpool fleet to accommodate new and additional vanpool
  • Implementation
    of the Spokane Regional Health District’s marketing initiative WALK.BIKE.BUS, intended to get
    people to use sustainable travel alternatives for non-work trips.
  • Creation
    and implementation of policy, planning, and zoning changes by all regional
    jurisdictions participating in the CTR Program in support of transit, walking,
    and bicycling.

You can check out the CTR Plan (don’t be scared- the update is only a handful of pages) on the SRTC website at www.srtc.org.
A public comment period for the plan starts Thursday, March 5, 2015. All
comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
can be submitted by emailing contact.srtc@srtc.org, or by mail to SRTC at 221 W. 1st
Ave., Suite 310, Spokane, WA, or by calling (509) 343-6370.
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