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Ohio's Transit Needs investigation comes to CLE

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

In 2013, The Ohio Legislature was asked to consider if its $7 million contribution to keep 61 transit systems and 115 million bus and train rides going every year was fair? The House asked ODOT to look at doing more. San Francisco firm Nelson Nygaard was brought in to study how and where the state could close the gap.

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Ohio by the numbers: anatomy of a highway state

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/20/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A lot of assumptions are made about why Cleveland doesn’t move like a green city. Why are low-carbon forms of transportation, i.e. a network of bike lanes and a modern, efficient transit system not being built? It’s not as though demand isn’t going up. RTA has charted three straight years of growth in ridership and bike riding is on the...

<br />Cheap gas in Ohio's Wayne County. Image: GC Creative Studio<br />Images: From Streetsblog<br /><br />

Green ideas help CLE make national list of innovative cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland is at an interesting point in its re-development as a city. Downtown appears to be in hyperdrive—with near-zero vacancy in living space and a continued push to build big projects. The Republican Party in 2016 is setting an artificial deadline to “finish” downtown, but their arrival seems vastly less important in the modern Cleveland narrative than another date—2019—the 50th...

On the road to recovery?<br />Cleveland and Lake Erie seen from the east side's lakefront. Image: GC Creative Studio.

Eastside Greenway would boldly expand bike-green access

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/15/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Connecting to nature

For the 18 suburbs and City of Cleveland who are collaborating on the Eastside Greenway, a special session in Cleveland Heights last night couldn’t have been a better exchange with those most likely to use an expanded bike network. Both sides dug into how four selected corridors could be improved as "a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods." A...

Green belt<br />Is South Belvoir Road ideal for a bike/greenway improvement project?Walking culture<br />The Indianapolis Cultural Trail brings biking, walking and big business  downtown.Eastside Greenway<br />The plan calls for a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods.

Akron transportation director, Jason Segedy's big vision for moving Ohio forward

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/13/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

In the epic struggle between states and metropolitan areas to control the shrinking pie of government funding, much is at stake. Underlying who gets what, transportation figures largely into how regions develop, i.e. do they sprawl or are they more walkable? Ever since Eisenhower presided over the national highway system in the late 1950s, states like Ohio have assumed a central...

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