Ohioans for Transportation Choice coalition asked lawmakers recently to support vibrant cities—to move more people to work and to keep our air clean—by making a fair allocation of $75 million (from the billions we spend on transportation every year).
We're asking for a modest 2% of the budget to invest in better transit connections and walkable cities.
For more background, see the GCBL post about the efforts that the coalition and some legislators engaged in the General Assembly.
With most Ohioans living in urban areas, we all benefit from better transit and complete streets. A 2012 focus group with a bi-partisan group of Clevelanders found overwhelming support for more alternatives and less congestion on the roads.
But have Ohio lawmakers listened? Not yet. Your voice could help convince them that livable communities, not highways, are our best course for future prosperity.
Ohio Environmental Council writes:
“Wouldn't you like to live in an Ohio with an interconnected, sustainable transportation network?
A balanced system that offers people affordable, accessible, and environmentally-friendly transportation options to get to work and school, while also offering manufacturers and businesses efficient choices to ship their goods?
Not just by roads and highways, but also by energy- and cost-saving transit bus and passenger train, bike and walking facilities, and multi-modal marine and freight rail loading infrastructure?
We need your help right away to make that happen!
Email your state lawmakers in Columbus using The OEC’s custom action alert.
Tell them to:
- Create a Transportation Choice Fund for Ohio to set aside $75 million in federal matching funds for greener, alternative transportation options, including public transit, biking and walking, and freight and passenger rail.
- At the very least, double the amount of flexible federal funding in the state's multi-billion dollar transportation budget for public transit for Ohio's urban and rural transit systems, from $20 million to $40 million."
Give voice to your values. And spread the word to friends and colleagues who care about vibrant, healthy places to live in a globally competitive state.