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Talking points for the coming NEO transportation plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/31/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

There are great expectation that Northeast Ohio will adopt a new language as it starts talking about a long range transportation plan. It could speak volumes for cars or speak up for streets as social spaces and healthy places. Advocates for the latter approach are hoping the region’s transportation agency, NOACA, finds some good answers to its question, "how would you...

<br />Northeast Ohio had very little congestion on its roads (in red) in 2008.The past is not destiny<br />Northeast Ohio forecast spending lots of money relieving congestion in areas opened up for development by highway expansion and new roads in exurbia.<br />NOACA developed this matrix of congestion mitigation strategies in its 2013 long range plan.

An urban agenda for Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/06/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Inspired by a Tweet last week from Ohio Democratic Party Chair, David Pepper, calling for a new urban agenda in the Buckeye State, a group of urbanist bloggers from around the state have been responding with ideas. In addition to a post written on the subject by David Beach in February, here are some thoughts.

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Bus riders organize as Cleveland transit faces more cuts

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/18/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

RTA is being asked to do the near impossible—preserve a large transit system while state and local funding erodes and the region continues to sprawl outward. What is a transit agency to do?

<br />RTA General Manager and CEO Joe Calabrese met this week with Cleveland Service Employee International Union Local 1 workers to figure out how to avoid service cuts and fare increase.<br />Job growth areas (in blue) and job loss areas (red) in Northeast Ohio. <br />Happy new transit riders on the RTA Cleveland State University line. Photo courtesy of RTA.

Ten ways Cleveland has teed up transportation choice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/21/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

What would happen if Americans stopped loving cars and all that comes with them? Look at Houston, which may be forgiven for regretting its decision to spend $2.8 billion in 2014 to widen its Katy Freeway only to find that car travel times went up by 51 percent.

<br />Millennials riding the RTA Red Line in Cleveland is part of transit ridership increase.

Gallucci, Segedy call for more transportation choice in Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/11/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Transportation

Even though Northeast Ohio’s transportation agency, NOACA spends only 7% of its budget building new roads, Executive Director, Grace Gallucci says, make no mistake; the region is still expanding its roads and highways.

<br />Interstate 90 in Northeast Ohio. Image: GCBL.

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