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Legislative Agenda aims to improve transportation choice in NE Ohio

Post Date:01/30/2019 1:00 PM

CLEVELAND (Wednesday, January 30, 2019) – At their first meeting of 2019, the External Affairs Committee of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) pledged to support and seek implementation of the agency’s 2019 Federal & State Legislative Agenda. The Agenda, which was approved in December 2018 by NOACA’s Board of Directors, outlines both federal and state-level priorities and is intended to guide policy analysis and advocacy on infrastructure issues.

New this year, NOACA has identified a specific focus to include public transit and hyperloop funding programs in its requests to Congress. Additionally, the agency has recommitted its support of public transit by asking state legislators to support doubling public transit investments (both capital and operating costs), as recommended by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT’s) 2015 Transit Needs Study. That study calls for bringing Ohio’s public transportation network into a state of good repair, and doubling statewide investment in public transit – with the State of Ohio investing 10 percent of the operating and capital costs of the needed service.

“As an agency, we are committed to improving Northeast Ohio,” said Grace Gallucci, NOACA Executive Director.  “Preserving our assets and making our transportation system more efficient for all users is an important step in strengthening the regional economy and improving quality of life in our region,” she said.

The following Federal & State priorities are outlined in the Agenda.

Federal Priorities include:

  1. Strengthen the MPO’s local control of core transportation programs
  2. Promote asset management as a funding priority
  3. Incorporate safety, sustainability, multimodalism in planning & funding

State Priorities include:

  1. Improve the region’s rate of return from state allocated funds to meet regional asset management needs
  2. Advocate for the inclusion of multimodal transportation within state programs & funding

To view the 2019 Legislative Agenda in its entirety, visit www.noaca.org/LegislativeAgenda

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio. To learn more about NOACA, visit www.noaca.org.

Media Contact: Jonathan Giblin

216-241-2414, ext. 346 or jgiblin@mpo.noaca.org

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