News from the NOACA annual meeting held today. A review on the keynote speaker, CNT Director Scott Bernstein, and a panel discussion about The True Cost of Transportation will follow.
Cleveland caught a TIGER by the tail, again. For the third time, Cleveland won a highly competitive “alternative transportation” TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This time, Cleveland won the only TIGER grant from Ohio— a $400,000 planning grant to improve the East 105th Street, Woodhill and East 93rd street corridor.
The E. 105/E. 93rd Transportation Corridor Plan will focus on an 8 mile north-south area. In 2014, the project was up for a $75,000 NOACA Transportation for Livable Communities planning grant. The “From Heritage Lane to Opportunity Corridor: Reimagining Cleveland’s East 105th and East 93rd Districts" project will be led by Cleveland City Planning.
“A long-term vision for this 8-mile north-south corridor on the east side of Cleveland, identifying strategies and treatment types tailored to the widely differing characteristics and needs of the corridor’s various segments," reads a page on the city's Planning web site.
"The plan will identify those transportation related strategies and treatments that have the potential to promote economic development, re-establish compact urban land use patters, improve the quality of life, promote healthy living, eliminate safety hazards, and diversify transportation choices for residents and business in the Glenville, University Circle, Fairfax, Buckeye, Kinsman, Mt. Pleasant and Union-Miles neighborhoods.”
In 2011, Greater Cleveland RTA won two TIGER grants totaling $22.5 million. They consisted of $10 million to rebuild the Rapid station on the Red Line at the base of Cedar Hill in University Circle and $12.5 to build a new station at Mayfield Road in Little Italy.
The E. 105/Woodhill/E. 93rd Street corridor overlaps in places with the $331 million Opportunity Corridor project being funded by the state of Ohio, the city and the county.
In other news, NOACA, the region’s transportation and environmental agency, held its annual meeting today. NOACA named its first recipients of its Commuter Choice Awards, which recognized companies for promoting alternative forms of transportation. NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci congratulated the award winners in the following categories:
- Brown Flynn
- Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
- Cleveland Public Library
- Cuyahoga County
- Eaton Corporation
- Grants Plus
- University Circle, Inc.
- Case Western Reserve University
- DFAS Cleveland Center
- Squire Patton Boggs
- UH-Case Medical Center
Tucker Ellis, LLP
NASA-Glenn Research Center
Gallucci added this comment on NASA: “Known for being innovative and getting a man on the moon NASA is also making sure their employees can get to work with many options. For examples, they offer free transit passes, showers, changing areas and lockers for those who bike to work, offering pool cars and bikes on site for employees to use during the day."