Category Archives: Transportation

Recap of the February Inning “Open Forum on Environmental Issues”

This unusual Innings meeting featured three speakers, with break-out sessions for each. Marilyn Wall spoke on MSD issues; Bob Park spoke about coming global cataclysms, and Nathan Alley talking about Plastics, Pipelines and Transportation. People left motivated to take positive action to address the issues!

 

 

Special Streetcar Innings Wednesday Oct. 5

What: Meet the Streetcar!
WhenWEDNESDAY, October 5, 2016, at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: NORTHWEST WASHINGTON PARK STREETCAR STATION (corner of 14th and Elm)

RSVP to Ride the Cincinnati Streetcar to Rhinegeist!
Celebrate multi-modal transportation in downtown Cincinnati!

The Cincinnati Streetcar, Cincinnati Red Bike and the protected bicycle lanes on Central Parkway have all become local symbols of the transportation revolution. Join the Sierra Club as we celebrate transportation alternatives and explore the City of Cincinnati.

We will congregate at the northwest Washington Park station, at the corner of 14th and Elm, at 6:00 p.m. to hear a brief welcome and board the Streetcar. It will likely cost around $2.00 to ride the Streetcar (the official fare price has yet to be determined) for an entire loop around the 3.9-mile system and then on to the Rhinegeist station at Henry and Elm. It should take approximately 30 minutes to complete a loop, and we will disembark at Rhinegeist around 6:30 p.m. We have a space reserved in the brewery from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Throughout the evening we will hear from Streetcar supporters and transportation experts about designing a regional network of sustainable, multi-modal transportation options.

For more information about the Cincinnati Streetcar, visit http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/streetcar/. To learn more about Rhinegeist, visit www.rhinegeist.com. Contact Transportation Policy Coordinator Nathan Alley at nathan.alley@sierraclub.org with questions.

Hamilton County Commissioner Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum

Election time is coming and there are new candidates for the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. Come hear from the candidates for Hamilton County Board of Commissioners on September 27th from 6 – 8 pm at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.  County Commissioners are responsible for sewer, transportation, and solid waste issues, as well as several other departments including the Board of Elections, Courts, Tax Levy, Corrections and Job and Family Services. Candidates running will be asked question on community concerns generated by the attendees.

When: September 27th, 6-8 pm

Where: 103 William Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45219

For more information, to RSVP, and to submit questions click here. 

This Candidate Forum is sponsored by Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Community Shares at info@cintishares.org.

Speak out in favor of Green Transportation!

There are two opportunities for concerned citizens to speak up in favor of green transportation choices and against further highway building and expansion in Greater Cincinnati.

EC-StudyAreas-Map-20161.) The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking input as it redraws plans for the Eastern Corridor, which could include major new highway construction in the Anderson Township-Newtown area. Citizens attending six public forums spoke out strongly in favor of low-impact projects to improve safety and expand bike trails and transit options. You can do the same using the online survey at:

http://easterncorridor.org/

Let ODOT know our asthma rates are too high already, and we oppose any efforts to build highways that would endanger the many parks, lakes, and high-quality forests in Segments 2 and 3.

2.) The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments is updating the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan. Despite data showing the greatest number of serious accidents (p.66-67) is outside the Eastern Corridor area, ODOT continues to pour money into consultants and public relations work to promote the Eastern Corridor rather than prioritize resources where they are most needed.

Let OKI know that our tax dollars should be spent more wisely. We need to repair the crumbling Western Hills Viaduct and invest in transit to reduce congestion on our overcrowded interstates.

Submit comments online at: http://2040.oki.org/public-involvement/

Or attend the public hearing at 5pm, Monday June 6th at the OKI Board Room 720 E. Pete Rose Way #420 Cincinnati, OH 45202.

2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Adopted by MVRPC Board of Directors

Dayton Connections followers,

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors has adopted the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on May 6, 2016.  The plan allows for over five million dollars of funding in transportation investments over the next twenty five years. The development of this plan is required for the Miami Valley to receive federal funding for transportation projects.

The investments include projects related to roadway, regional bike way, pedestrian, transit and multi modal strategies and programs. The plan is updated every four years and can be changed due to fiscal changes in local, state or federal funding. “The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan is a result of a coordinated, transportion planning effort…in order to implement regional transportation priorities. Our staff makes sure the final plan reflects these priorities which will benefit this Region for years to come.” says MVRPC Executive Director Brian O. Martin AICP.

A hyperlink below is available for more information on the MVRPC 2040 Plan.

http://www.mvrpc.org/news/general-news/2040-long-range-transportation-plan-adopted-mvrpc-board-directors

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee

2017 New Bikeways Map Kickoff Meeting – MVRPC – January 19, 2016

Many transportation issues are discussed and worked upon at meetings by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission in Dayton Ohio. The body of MVRPC consists of area mayors, city management and civic planners.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together the Regional Map stakeholders to agree upon a timetable for the map development process over the past year. The session will also include opportunities for the map stakeholders to share new ideas for inclusion on the 2017 map.

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Committee office is located at 10 N. Ludlow St. Suite 700 Dayton Ohio 45402. Tuesday January 19, 2016. The meeting begins at 10:30 A.M. and lasts until 12:30 P.M.

The link below is to the MVRPC page that describes the meeting.

http://www.mvrpc.org/events/2017-bikeways-map-kickoff-meeting

 

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club -Miami Group Executive Committee

 

Public Meeting on August 6th regarding Segments II/III of the Eastern Corridor

ODOT is holding a public meeting on Segment II / III of the Eastern Corridor on August 6 2015 from 4 to 7 pm

WHERE:
Nagel Middle School Cafetorium
1500 Nagel Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255

Here is the announcement.
Here’s what ODOT says about the meeting:

ODOT obtained and carefully considered current stakeholder priorities to develop a recommended plan for moving forward with this important component of the Easter Corridor. At the public meeting, ODOT will reiterate the following decisions that were communicated to project stakeholders at an earlier meeting:
ODOT will not currently study previously-identified transportation corridors that may have resulted in a new alignment across the Little Miami River floodplain.

ODOT’s current focus will be on making improvements to the existing roadway network through this area, primarily west of Church Street. ODOT will gather new traffic data to help prioritize transportation needs in this area and identify what can reasonably be addressed through this next phase of work.

Public input will continue to be solicited to help identify priorities.

Specific next steps include the following:

  • Holding a Public Information Meeting to provide an opportunity to review and comment on ODOT’s recommended plan for moving SR 32 project improvements (Segment II/III) forward – August 6, 2015
  • Finalizing the recommended plan based on public input
  • Updating the project purpose and need to prioritize problem areas and needs that can be addressed by the project
  • Evaluating dividing various segments of the SR 32 Corridor into independent projects for further development
  • Encouraging public and stakeholder involvement