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Ohio's conspicuous absence from Innovative DOT report

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/15 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

We tend not to think of Departments of Transportation as hotbeds of innovation. And that’s too bad. Because state DOTs in a handful of cases have been active in creating vibrant, bike and transit-connected places (see Minneapolis and Davis, California—considered the most bike friendly cities in America). This is a story about how DOTs overcame Cold War-era thinking, and, just...

<br />Examples of highway induced sprawl in Northeast Ohio<br />

NOACA moves closer to mode choice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/15/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

In a June 2014 interview with GCBL, Northeast Ohio’s top transportation official, Grace Gallucci, promised sweeping reforms and a new era of fiscal responsibility at NOACA. A former budget director at RTA, Gallucci said that the region needs to align its priorities with the rest of the country’s. Job one would be to bring existing roads into a state of...

<br />A family enjoys the Detroit Avenue bike lane in Cleveland which was installed in 2014

A look inside Cleveland's complete streets: Is it working?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

When Cleveland passed its Complete Streets ordinance in 2011, it was hailed as a watershed moment. The city was struggling, as it is now, to meet the needs of a large population living in poverty and also attract new, younger residents. Complete Streets presented possibilities for both.

<br />Critical Mass in the summer of 2014<br />Bioswale bump outs calm traffic and make it easier for pedestrians to enjoy Literary and Professor in Tremont.<br /><br />A family enjoys the use of the new Detroit Avenue bike lane installed in 2014

Nelson/Nygaard's big reveal for University Circle: "(Y)our mission is not parking"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/29/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

By now, you've probably heard that University Circle is doing a transportation study. Formally, it’s called the Moving Greater University Circle Transportation & Mobility Study. But, what is it? And how exactly could it help make University Circle a more inviting place to walk, bike, take transit, or drive? We spoke to David Fields, Principal of Nelson/Nygaard, the planning firm that...

Share alike<br />Bike share in University Circle adds to the mobility optionsRapid improvements<br />The new University-Cedar Rapid station

RTA's Joe Calabrese to Ohio "You're not subsidizing transit"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/28/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

We caught up with Joe Calabrese, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority GM/CEO, about the challenges and opportunities for Ohio’s largest public transit agency. We asked Calabrese to consider: What will make transit an essential part of daily life for more people in Greater Cleveland? What makes transit successful especially when major projects like Public Square and Opportunity Corridor are proposed? When will Congress and...

Moving minds<br />RTA GM/CEO Joe Calabrese (right) with Board Chair George Dixon.Upsizing transit<br />RTA, Cleveland and Cleveland State will double the capacity on a rebuilt Clifton Line which Calabrese calls BRT on a budget. Image: Jerry Masek and RTA.Millennials are on board<br />Calabrese says RTA's Waterfront Line led to Ernst & Young (pictured) reducing parking and gaining financing for their Flats office tower.BRT is big<br />Calabrese credits the HealthLine with at least one of the four billion dollars in development in the corridor.

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