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Eastgate releases 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

May 22, 2013 in MPOS, Transportation

In April, the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (a NEOSCC Board Member) released its 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The MTP is a long range planning document that brings together local governments to identify transportation needs and coordinate transportation projects and policies over the next two decades. Eastgate coordinates the development of the MTP with communities throughout the planning area, and with other local, state and federal agencies. The MTP keeps Mahoning and Trumbull Counties eligible to receive federal transportation funding to improve, maintain, and operate highways, public transit, bikeways, sidewalks, and related facilities. Transportation projects must be included in the MTP to be eligible to receive federal funding within the Eastgate planning area.

.  You can access the entire plan here.

AMATS’ 2012 Annual Report now available

May 16, 2013 in AMATS, News

Annual Report 2012The 2012 Annual Report from AMATS is now available.  The report details the agency’s accomplishments during the year that marked AMATS’ 50th Anniversary as a metropolitan planning organization.

Readers can find out why agency leaders agreed that preservation of the Greater Akron area’s existing transportation system should be a priority over costly expansions.

There are also summaries regarding the development of several items integral to the release of Transportation Outlook 2035, the area’s upcoming long-range regional transportation plan.  There’s also information about the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote regional connectivity and sustainability through its various cycling initiatives.

To view the report, please click the graphic above.

ACT: AMATS Engaging Public on Transportation in Greater Akron

April 3, 2013 in ACT, AMATS

The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) invites you to participate in the development of two items key to the future of the Greater Akron area: Transportation Outlook 2035 and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2014 through 2017.

Transportation Outlook 2035 is the area’s draft long-range transportation plan of identified needs and recommendations.  The plan includes highway, transit, bike and pedestrian project recommendations that are expected to be completed by 2035.  Transportation Outlook 2035 recommends over $4.3 billion in highway infrastructure investments through 2035, which includes over $2.5 billion for preservation of the existing system.  The draft plan includes investment of over $1.7 billion in the region’s public transportation system and recommends $30 million in bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

AMATS Planning Coordinator Krista Beniston says that the draft plan represents the agency’s focus on using the Greater Akron area’s shrinking funding resources wisely.  “These recommendations reflect a “fix-it-first” approach to pursue needed investments in the area’s existing transportation system rather than costly expansions,” Beniston explains. 

The TIP is the area’s four-year program of highway, public transit and bike and pedestrian projects scheduled to receive federal funding.  The program includes more than $662 million in highway and public transportation projects for fiscal years 2014 through 2017, including nearly $9 million for bike and pedestrian projects.  TIP Coordinator Victor Botosan says that the program – like Transportation Outlook 2035 – emphasizes maintenance of the area’s existing system.

The agency is hosting two public engagement meetings so that residents may share their insights on these items.  Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. at the following dates and locations.

  • April 9 @ Akron-Summit County Public Library – Main Library, 60 S. High St. in Akron. 
  • April 18 @ Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. in Kent.

Drafts of both items are available for review and comment at the following locations:

  • The agency web site – amatsplanning.org
  • The AMATS office -  806 CitiCenter, 146 S. High Street in downtown Akron.
  • PARTA office – 2000 Summit Road in Kent.
  • Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 office – 2088 S. Arlington Road in Akron
  • Twitter – @amatsplanning
  • Facebook – facebook.com/amatsplanning

Eastgate Surveys Transportation Needs of Elderly and Disabled

November 27, 2012 in ACT, Connections, Mahoning, MPOS, News, Trumbull

Eastgate Council of Regional Governments, a NEOSCC Board Member, and the Western Reserve Independent Living Center (WRILC) are working together to help improve the delivery of transportation services and options for older adults, and persons with disabilities. The WRILC is a non-profit community based non-residential center dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities.

The two surveys below will help with the four-county coordinated transportation network. Download the surveys for a chance to win a drawing that is sponsored by the WRILC.

To take the transportation provider survey, please click here.

To take the transportation services survey, please click here.

Interested in more information on Eastgate, access their newsletter here.

 

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  • Learn: Discover our Digi-NEO Gallery of Facts about NEO
  • Engaging MPO’s in our Conditions and Trends

    November 9, 2012 in Communications, Conditions and Trends, Engagement, MPOS, News


    The image above is part of the  Vibrant NEO 2040 presentation that will be presented today at the first in a series of meetings with Northeast Ohio’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Council of Governments Board of Directors.  This morning at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), we will be discussing the overall status of the project, the upcoming scenario planning process, project outcomes/products and engagement.

    This conversation will be followed by brief roundtable discussions on four of our work streams:  Economic Development, Environment, Connections and Housing and Communities.   Utilizing the findings from the Conditions and Trends Platform, we hope to engage local leaders in exploring the following:

    • What do these findings mean to you and your community?
    • What do these findings mean to the region?
    • What else do you need to know about your community?
    • What else do you need to know about Northeast Ohio?

    Over the course of the next month, we will be holding similar meetings with the other MPO’s and COG’s as well as leadership meetings within each of the 12 counties.  All of this is in preparation for the scenario planning process which we will be launching in 2013.

    You can access a copy of the presentation at our NEO 101 page.

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    Learn and Create: AMATS Connecting Communities Grants

    October 30, 2012 in AMATS, Communications, MPOS, Portage, Summit

    AMATS, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, is one of the four Metropolitan Planning Organizations involved in Vibrant NEO 2040 that we discussed in our post last week.  One of their many initiatives is the Connecting Communities program which “is designed to provide communities with funding to develop transportation plans that will lead to the identification of projects eligible for AMATS funds.”

    The Connecting Communities grant program was a recommendation from  AMATS’s Connecting Communities Planning Initiative (link is to a large pdf file) in 2010.

     

    The purpose of Connecting Communities – A Guide to Integrating Land Use and Transportation is to promote a region that balances environmental, social and economic concerns by improving coordination between land use and transportation. Connecting Communities utilizes a regional planning process to explore strategies to increase transportation choices and accessibility, help communities make collaborative, informed decisions to coordinate development, reduce environmental impacts and improve regional connectivity.

    The intent of this initiative is to create more vibrant livable communities though coordinating resources, partners and stakeholders to integrate transportation and land use planning and decisions in the greater Akron area. It looks at how transportation funding, project selection and planning can better complement land use planning that encourages investment and revitalization of established neighborhoods and regional collaboration.

    AMATS has announced another round for the grant process for those in its planning area (Portage and Summit County) will open on November 1, 2012:

    From AMATS website…

    The purpose of these plans will focus on the concept of livability. Plans should enhance neighborhoods by improving transportation connections and promoting alternative modes of transportation like walking, biking, and transit. Grant funding will be used to hire a consultant to study a general area of a community. The funds will not be used for preliminary engineering, but instead will be used to develop a plan containing analysis and recommendations. Recommended projects will then be eligible for inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan.

    The program makes $100,000 available with awards being limited to $50,000 per grant. No local funding match is required for this grant.

    Grant Schedule

    Notice of Funding Availability: November 1, 2012

    Application: November 30, 2012

    Applications Due: January 15, 2013

    Award Announcement: March 2013 Policy Committee Meeting

    Questions may be directed to Heather Davis Reidl at 330.375.2436 or hreidl@akronohio.gov.

     

     
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    Act: Add your voice to transportation projects!

    October 26, 2012 in ACT, Communications, MPOS

    A significant component of NEOSCC’s leadership are the four Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Northeast Ohio.

    What is a Metropolitan Planning Organization? You can find out in the following presentation - NEOSCC_Overview_101_What is an MPO.  Here is some quick background:

     

    NEOSCC and the Vibrant NEO 2040 planning process includes the following MPO’s and their county jurisdictions:

    The two other counties Ashtabula and Wayne County that are part of the Vibrant NEO 2040 effort are covered through Councils of Governments.  This is a topic that will be covered soon in the Vibrant Daily.

    As part of their planning process, the MPO’s each reach out to the public and stakeholders to participate and contribute their opinions.  This range of participation opportunities includes Civic Involvement Committees, public forums and meetings on different transportation issues and public comment periods on proposed projects and plans. Check out their websites for information on adding your voice to their planning processes.

    Here are two opportunities to act on today!  The first is for those that fall into the counties within the NOACA MPO.  The second is an engagement opportunity through ODOT for anyone is the state.

    NOACA 

    NOACA is currently seeking public feed back on transportation projects in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina Counties.

    The following proposed transportation improvements are available for public review and comment. Staff will present these projects for information at the October 19, 2012 meeting of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC will take action on the projects at their November 16, 2012 meeting. The Governing Board will consider adding them to the region’s long-range transportation plan and Transportation Improvement Program on December 14, 2012.

    Each project page contains a comment link for local government representatives, and the general public. The public can comment on any of these projects through Thursday, December 13, 2012.

    Cuyahoga County:

    Geauga County:

    Lake County:

    Lorain County:

    Medina County:

    Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

    ODOT is currently seeking input for the Access Ohio 2040, Ohio’s Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into the Plan.

    ODOT is updating Ohio’s Statewide Transportation Plan, Access Ohio 2040.  This plan is important to Ohio’s future, as it will set the stage for ODOT’s transportation policies and investment strategies for the coming years.  This is an update to the previous plan, Access Ohio 2030, which was released in 2004.   ODOT will be finalizing the plan update in the summer of 2013.  Access Ohio 2040 will help to ensure that we meet our mission, “to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place.”

    The State is using a technology called MindMixer to gather insight and opinions on transportation issues.

    Access the interactive platform.

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