Transportation Planning

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Transportation affects our daily routine, and contributes to the prosperity, livability and vitality of northeast Ohio. An efficient and well-balanced transportation network keeps people connected to jobs, friends and family, stores, medical services, and recreational activities. As the region’s metropolitan planning organization, NOACA has a key role in preserving, maintaining and enhancing northeast Ohio’s transportation system. Learn more at the links below.

Transportation Planning


Managing Congestion

NOACA staff is working to establish policies concerning congestion management; specifically defining acceptable levels of congestion and prioritizing congestion mitigation strategies.

Transit Planning & TOD

Transit is an important aspect of the transportation network, and mobility choices are vital to the health and vibrancy of a region. Public transit options reduce congestion, personal transportation costs, and carbon output. Transit Oriented development (TOD) promotes a mixture of housing, retail, services, workplaces and open space within walking distance of transit to maximize use of the transit system. 


Transportation Asset Management
Asset management is based on a simple, but powerful premise that agencies should consider the full life-cycle cost of their funding decisions and manage their assets accordingly.

Regional Safety Program

The primary focus of the Regional Safety Program is improve safety by reducing crashes, particularly fatal and serious injury crashes, on all modes of transportation in the NOACA region.


Freight Planning
NOACA has developed a Multimodal Regional Freight Plan to facilitate goods movement in Northeast Ohio. Trucking will always play a crucial role, however, that system has significant challenges and intermodal shipping is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors.


Human Services & Mobility Planning
NOACA is committed to meeting the transportation needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities and those with low income. As the region's population continues to age, the need for specialized transportation services continues to rise.


Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning
NOACA’s bicycle and pedestrian planning program works to improve the region’s transportation infrastructure so that bicycling and walking can be safer and more convenient options.


Signal Timing Optimization (STOP)
Outdated and inefficient signal timing can cause unnecessary delay and congestion, which degrades air quality. NOACA implemented STOP to improve corridors by optimizing traffic signals.

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Transportation Modeling
NOACA's transportation models provide structured forecasts that establish an understanding of our transportation system's performance. These models are powerful tools for examining and assessing our system.


Operations & ITS Planning
Operations Planning coordinates the development, implementation, and performance monitoring of regional demand and system management strategies that relieve congestion, optimize infrastructure investments, promote travel options, and improve air quality.