May 29, 2015                                                                       Volume 5, Issue 5

NOACA Board of Directors meets June 12 


NOACA's Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 9 a.m. At the meeting, members will consider approving the State Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the prioritized list of federal-aid highway, transit, bikeway and enhancement projects scheduled for implementation over the next four years in NOACA's five counties. If you have comments about any projects in the TIP, you can submit them up to the day of the Board meeting.  


The Board will also consider action on the following agenda items:

Members will also hear a presentation on Vibrant NEO 2040, the vision and framework for a more vibrant, resilient and sustainable northeast Ohio that recently received the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan from the American Planning Association. The public is welcome to attend all NOACA Board and committee meetings.


Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding application period open



NOACA is accepting applications for transportation improvement projects to be funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The CMAQ program funds projects that reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and help urban areas make progress toward meeting federal clean air standards. The CMAQ program provides 80 percent of total eligible project costs, with sponsors contributing a minimum of 20 percent from local, state, or other non-federal sources. The CMAQ application form and program guidance are posted on NOACA's website. Interested parties in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain or Medina counties should submit their applications to NOACA by 4 p.m. on June 12, 2015. Successful projects will be selected through a competitive statewide process conducted later this year. 


Go for the gold! Be recognized for supporting environmentally friendly commute modes


On June 1, 2015, NOACA will launch its second annual Commuter Choice Awards campaign. If you work for an organization that promotes public transportation, carpooling, bicycling or walking to work by providing incentives such as subsidized bus passes, preferred parking for car and vanpools, bike racks, and showers/lockers for employees, then it could be recognized as a regional leader in supporting clean, alternative commutes. Stake your claim as one of the region's best and challenge other businesses to apply as well.


Organizations can apply for the award any time between June 1 and July 31 by taking a brief survey about programs and incentives the company offers to support alternative commuting. You can also preview the survey questions to prepare your responses before applying for the award. If you have questions about the award or application process, contact Amy Stacy or Cheryl Onesky at 216-241-2414, extensions 205 and 221 respectively.


Enjoy region's new bicycle facilities


With warmer weather taking hold in northeast Ohio, it is a great time to explore the region's newest bike trails and paths. Did you know that NOACA funding helped construct three bicycle/pedestrian facilities during the past year? These facilities are used by residents to get to

Greenway Trail in Mayfield Village 

places of interest as well as enjoy the health benefits of physical exercise. The three new projects are:

  • Morton-Headlands Trail along Jordan Drive, from Corduroy Road to South Rambler Drive in Mentor; NOACA committed $715,000 to the project
  • Greenway Trail, connecting Wilson Mills and White Roads in Mayfield Village, $1.07 million in NOACA funding
  • Lake Medina Trail, beginning at Reagan Parkway and ending at SR-18 in Medina, $833,000 in NOACA funding

In addition, NOACA also committed funding to the following shared-use projects, which are currently under construction:

  • Phase 4B of the Black River Bikeway in Lorain and Elyria, $1.6 million
  • Phase 2 of the Mill Creek Connector Trail, beginning in Bacci Park and ending at Garfield Boulevard/Warner Road, $1.5 million
  • Phase 2 of the Lake-to-Lakes Trail adjacent to Fairhill Road in Shaker Heights, $540,000

Attend free Designing for Pedestrian Safety course at NOACA 


NOACA is partnering with the Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program to conduct the National Highway Institute course Designing for Pedestrian Safety at NOACA's office on July 22-23, 2015. This free training course is designed to help state and local transportation engineering officials address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions. The course includes field exercises in the application of the principles, concepts, and strategies covered in the course. In addition, the participants will share and prioritize potential policies, programs, and strategies.


Individuals involved in improving pedestrian safety, including roadway safety personnel, engineers, planners, and other traffic safety, enforcement and injury prevention professionals are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in participating, please preregister to confirm your attendance.

Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414, ext. 100