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The long distance affair for transit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/10/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

A healthy debate is swirling around Northeast Ohio's “spatial mismatch” between people seeking work and the employment centers where jobs are moving. The debate centers on the role of transit to connect households in Cleveland’s urban core—up to 40% of which are car free—to jobs that are increasingly moving out to the periphery of the metropolitan area.

Rail runs through it<br />Solon, Ohio has gained manufacturers like Stouffers. Transit is limited from Cleveland. A freight line (seen here) was studied for its commuter rail feasibility in 2002.Little there<br />A low density suburban development in Northeast Ohio typifies the challenge of increasing transit.

When Cleveland invests in transit-oriented development, it succeeds

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/13/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

Cities that are jumping on transit are glad they did. Transit attracts "environmentally conscious, outgoing people, largely in their 30s and 40s, who are open to taking transit but find the service inconvenient or inadequate," a 2014 national poll found. "Policymakers and transit providers could most easily increase transit ridership by focusing on this group."

Smart line<br />Cleveland State University and RTA invested in major upgrades to its #55 bus to serve a young population interested in transit resulting in a 43 percent increase to ridership.Down and out<br />Sprawl without growth has left Greater Cleveland with a legacy of vacant units, mounting transportation costs, government debt, and tens of thousands of excess properties. Perversely, these development trends hurt municipal revenues and cripple local capacity to regulate land use development and transportation investments. Nevertheless, the Ohio Department of Development and NOACA project these trends to continue through 2030.

In Akron, transit & recycling could give a lift to households in poverty

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/28/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Transit

A new report finds that jobs in "waste mining” and investments in public transit systems would be as effective as traditional workforce development and job creation strategies in Akron, Detroit, and eight other cities that might include the green economy in poverty reduction goals.

<br />Improving transit in Akron-Summit County could gain the region $8 million, and give a lift to households in poverty.

Cleveland: Blue Line could be a livable corridor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/30/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

Cleveland’s Blue Line Rapid is featured in a new report, “Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies” from the Federal Transit Administration and the National Academy of Sciences, a highly respected research facility.

Kind of Blue<br />The Blue Line Rapid in Cleveland is a case study in suburban commuter corridor, reports the Federal Transit Administration. With some work, it could offer more access to opportunity and improve quality of life.

A guide to active transportation in University Circle

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/27/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

Active transportation, writes the Ohio Department of Transportation, is: "Human-powered transportation that engages people in healthy physical activity while they travel from place to place. People walking, bicycling, using strollers, wheelchairs/mobility devices, skateboarding, and rollerblading are engaged in active transportation. Active transportation supports transit use, since many people reach transit stops using active travel modes. The benefits of active transportation include reducing health risks...

Cyclists using Euclid Avenue bike lane<br />Hessler Court<br />All images: GCBL<br /><br /><br />The Lake to Lakes Trail<br /><br /><br />New walking path bridges on MLK Drive<br />RTA HealthLine in University Circle<br />Sharrows on East Boulevard<br />Chinese Cultural Garden<br />New RTA Red Line station at Cedar-University<br /><br />New Red Line station at Little Italy<br />
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