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Ohio, take action on vibrant cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/12/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

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.

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.

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.

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Ohio chooses not to provide transportation choices
7 years ago

From All Aboard Ohio's Ken Prendergast, a detailed rundown of the legislative (in)action to establish a Transportation Choice fund.

"When the two-year budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation comes up for a final vote in the coming days, it will likely be without an increase in funding for growing public transit, rail and bike alternatives. The reason is that ODOT wants to push as much construction money to highways where per-capita driving has been declining for eight straight years, according to Federal Highway Administration statistics."

See this link for the full read -- and make your voice heard by signing the action alert above.


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