Category Archives: Political Action

Oasis Rail line public meetings

Oasis Rail Conceptual Alternative Solutions Report and  Oasis Rail Station Area Analysis Report available at easterncorridor.og

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Oasis Rail Transit Project
Proposed rail line to provide commuter service between Downtown Cincinnati and western Clermont County

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has scheduled three public involvement meetings in early December to share updates on the advancing development of Greater Cincinnati’s first commuter rail line – Oasis Rail Transit – and gather input from the public on various components of the proposed project. A core element of the Eastern Corridor Program, Oasis Rail Transit introduces a new public transportation option to the region and would serve communities extending east from downtown Cincinnati, through Hamilton County, and into western Clermont County.

The public involvement meetings will be held at three different locations along the project corridor. The content of each meeting will be the same. Meeting dates and locations are:

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
R.G. Cribbett Center
5903 Hawthorne Avenue
Fairfax, OH 45227

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Taft Center at Fountain Square
425 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(US Bank Bldg, 2nd Floor)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Miami Township Civic Center
6007 Meijer Drive
Milford, OH 45150

Each meeting will be organized in an open house format. The public can arrive at any time during the meeting period to review and discuss information presented on a series of boards staffed by project team representatives.  In addition, an open forum Public Comment Session will be held at 12:30 p.m. during the daytime meeting and at 7:00 p.m. during the evening meetings.  An interactive, internet-based tool will be available at the meetings through which the public can provide additional feedback and communicate to project planners their priorities for improving travel and accessibility in the Greater Cincinnati region.  This tool will also be accessible online at beginning Dec. 10 and will remain available until Jan. 3, 2014.

The upcoming meetings will focus primarily on the study results and recommendations summarized in the Oasis Rail Conceptual Alternative Solutions report. Topics to be discussed at the meetings include proposed schedule options for rail service, recommended rail vehicle technology, updates on potential track alignment options and requirements, recommended station locations and upcoming planning needs, preliminary cost estimates, funding options to be considered and next steps in the project development process.

Stop the Eastern Corridor!

Check out our new Facebook page on stopping the Eastern Corridor project!

And check out Commissioner Greg Hartmann on the Oasis Rail and the highway on the  Channel 9 news.   “The ridership numbers, I’ve got some questions about, but my biggest questions are about costs,” Hartman said. “How are we going to pay the $300 million for light rail to go east?

Hartmann said. “I really believe light rail does not make a lot of sense at this point going east. We don’t have any light rail at all in this community and to start going from downtown to Clermont County really doesn’t make a lot of sense for $300 million.”

“If we can’t afford to pay for it, if it’s not our number one priority as a region, we need to move on from those discussions and have more evaluation about whether the road project makes sense.”

Yes, we’re glad to see Commissioner Hartmann is questioning the Oasis rail. As much as we like rail, this line has high cost and low ridership projections. It won’t qualify for federal funding because it doesn’t meet minimum criteria.  The highway project needs a lot more scrutiny too. Continue reading Stop the Eastern Corridor!

Greening Cincinnati: a candidates’ forum Sept 17, 5:30 pm

Cincinnati Green Group is proud to announce another in our informative and interactive series of environmental forums – Greening Cincinnati: A Candidate’s Forum. This event will bring together candidates for Cincinnati City Council to present their environmental vision and accomplishments and to take questions from YOU.

NEW THIS YEAR will be a much anticipated mayoral forum with the two candidates left standing after the primary. Food provided, to facilitate after-work attendance.

Come at 5:30pm to mingle with candidates in one-on-one discussion. Forum begins at 6pm.

WHY WAIT until the forum to think of questions for the candidates? Post your questions on the Cincinnati Green Group page on facebook, or email them to [email protected]

Show up. Stand up. Speak out. And don’t forget to wear green!

Thursday April 11th, 7pm: Learn how Ohio’s Clean Energy law is under attack!

solar-panel1Have you heard?

Ohio’s Clean Energy law is under attack! With no federal renewable energy or energy efficiency standards in place, Ohio’s SB 221 is the only law on the books to move Ohio beyond fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas – towards clean energy like efficiency, wind, solar, and geothermal.

Sierra Club honors Cincinnati’s Streetcar as one of nation’s Best Transportation Projects and Slams the Eastern Corridor Highway as one of the Worst!

Press Contacts:

Chris Curran – Sierra Club Ohio Chapter Transportation Chair  [email protected]; 859-572-6914 or 513-237-8685

Ben Wickizer – Sierra Club Conservation Coordinator  [email protected]; 206-799-3992

Sierra Club honors Cincinnati’s Streetcar as one of nation’s Best Transportation Projects and Slams the Eastern Corridor Highway as one of the Worst!

[Cincinnati, Ohio]  The Sierra Club this week released a national report Smart Choices, Less Traffic: 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects in the United States, which includes two Greater Cincinnati transportation projects as examples of the best and worst in transportation planning.

The Worst List highlighted the public health, safety, and ecological risks associated with the proposed Eastern Corridor Highway, which would drive a new four-lane roadway through the Village of Newtown, plow through important historic and archaeological sites in Mariemont, and endanger the National and State Scenic Little Miami River by construction of a major new bridge on State Route 32….. to see the full Press Release click here.

Too see the full story click here

for more media:  public news service



Sierra Club Endorsements for the 2012 Election

The Political Committee contributes to the Sierra Club’s objectives by helping elect politicians who seek to protect our resources and natural heritage.  Our work is tightly integrated with both national and local conservation priorities.

Sierra Club Endorsements for the 2012 election

The Miami Group PAC did the research and recommendations-

using questionnaires, interviews, voting records,
leadership assessment and input form local
environmental leaders. The PAC Chair is Gail Lewin.
Other members are Lynn Frock, Debbie Clark,
Andy Betts, Nathan Ruggles and Steve Wonderly.