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Regional Transportation Open House

The public is invited to attend a multi-agency open house on the future of regional transportation, Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at WSU Riverpoint Campus in the Phase 1 Classroom Building at 668 N. Riverpoint Boulevard. The event, hosted by Spokane Transit Authority (STA), the City of Spokane and the Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC), offers participants an opportunity to review, and give input on, long term planning efforts and potential transportation projects currently under study.

STA will present an updated version of the agency’s comprehensive plan, Connect Spokane, which defines High Performance Transit (HPT) and outlines the vision for the HPT Network. A presentation will focus on updating the public about the current work taking place to plan the Central City Line, one of the lines in the HPT Network.

The Central City Line will improve the connections to many of the major employment, academic and recreational opportunities Spokane has to offer between Browne’s Addition and Gonzaga University. This improved connectivity has the potential to accelerate economic development in the corridor. An extension to Spokane Community College is also under consideration.

SRTC will present Horizon 2040, which examines the condition of our existing transportation system; forecasts the demand expected to be put on the system in the future; and identifies transportation goals and objectives for the future, as well as strategies to reach them. With Spokane County expected to grow by nearly 165,000 persons by 2040, Horizon 2040 is crucial in planning ways to get those people to jobs and other destinations around the area, without adding congestion. The real challenge is doing this on an extremely limited budget.

“Growth in the Spokane region will impact how we plan for transportation whether in Liberty Lake, the City of Spokane or any other jurisdiction in the area,” said Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson. “We must address the issues this growth could bring now, before it’s too late to adapt our current transportation system to more residents commuting and more cars on the roadways.”

The City of Spokane will also be on hand to present information about their comprehensive plan as well, focusing on its transportation element update.

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