June 22, 2016                                                                          Volume 6, Issue 5
NOACA schedules meetings to discuss the year 2040 transportation system 
 
Do you have ideas about how Northeast Ohio's transportation system should look or operate 20 years from now? NOACA invites you to share your ideas and vision at one of four stakeholder engagement meetings scheduled for this summer. NOACA will gather public comments and ideas at the meetings and use this input to inform the region's long-range transportation plan, which is currently under development. Although these meetings are open to everyone, NOACA encourages stakeholders who are directly involved with the planning and operation of the region's transportation system, as well as business and community leaders, to attend. Register for any of the meetings by emailing Amy Stacy or calling her, 216-241-2414, ext. 205. 
  • A Framework for Action - History of Transportation Planning in the NOACA Region, Wednesday, July 13, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Location: NOACA's office, 1299 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.
  •  Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) 2040 Community and Social Impacts Meeting, Wednesday, July 27, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Location: NOACA's office.
  •  LRTP 2040 Business and Economic Impacts Meeting, Wednesday, August 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Location: NOACA's office.
  •  LRTP 2040 - A 20-year Vision for Transportation, Tuesday, September 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Location to be determined.
People are talking about the long-range transportation plan and its vision

NOACA held its first stakeholder meeting for the long-range transportation plan on June 1, and participants generated some thought-provoking conversation regarding Northeast Ohio's transportation system. You can be part of future conversations. Try one of these ways to get engaged:
  • Attend a stakeholder or public meeting listed in the previous article and share your thoughts and opinions.
  • Like NOACA's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter - we will have many topics for discussion throughout the summer.
  • Visit NOACA's website and access the People are Talking page under Long-Range Transportation Plan 2040.
  • Send your thoughts and comments through the NOACA public involvement email address.
 
Save the date for NOACA's Annual Meeting
 
Save the date - Thursday, October 6, 2016, for NOACA's Annual Meeting, to be held from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the new Cleveland Hilton Downtown. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for Northeast Ohio's local officials, business leaders, planners and the public to discuss relevant transportation and environmental issues and strengthen regional cohesion in the pursuit of a shared Northeast Ohio vision. 
 
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be the meeting's keynote speaker. His areas of expertise include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace and urban poverty and public policy in urban America. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Annual Meeting, including how to register.
 
NOACA awards funding for planning studies and transportation projects

At its meeting on June 10, 2016, the NOACA Board of Directors awarded five planning grants totaling $451,000 and three implementation grants totaling $589,000 to eight communities and organizations as part of the agency's Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI). For more than 10 years, NOACA has offered TLCI
A 2007 TLCI study recommended the reconfiguration of  the intersection of MLK, Jr. Boulevard and East 105th Street to improve safety and traffic flow.
funding assistance to communities and public agencies for integrated transportation and land use planning and projects that strengthen community livability. Planning grants help communities fund studies that can lead to transportation system improvements and enhance the quality of life for neighborhood residents. Implementation grants allow communities to install transportation infrastructure recommended in the planning studies.
 
Four additional projects will benefit from NOACA staff planning expertise through the agency's Technical Assistance Program. The program focuses on community-based multimodal transportation projects that help improve the safety, efficiency and preservation of the transportation system for all users.

NOACA recommends projects for Section 5310 funding
  
 
The NOACA Board of Directors voted to award $97,500 in residual Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Program funding to two social service agencies that provide transportation to older adults and the physically challenged. The Section 5310 Program grants social service organizations and communities federal funding to help purchase special wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles, computers and dispatch software. The following organizations will receive additional funding for vehicle purchases:
  • Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities - $19,336 for a standard minivan
  • Senior Transportation Connection - $78,164  for two light transit vehicles
NOACA Fact Book Published
  
 
NOACA has premiered a Fact Book that is a compilation of statistics and trends related to the transportation, economic, and environmental systems in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. Transportation data is presented through various modes, including roadways, transit, active transportation, maritime, and aviation.
 
The book is divided into four main sections:
* Section 1. Population & Demographics
* Section 2. Economics & Commerce
* Section 3. Transportation
* Section 4. Environment
 
The Fact Book will be an annual publication.
 
Enjoy art installations while riding the RTA Red Line rapid transit
   
 
Art in the Tower City rapid transit station
Take a ride on the Greater Cleveland RTA's Red Line rapid transit rail line between the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and you will notice several new art installations by diverse mural artists along the right-of-way for Red Line rapid trains. The public art project spruces up property adjacent to the rail tracks, providing a scenic trip into downtown Cleveland from the City's east and west sides.

Several installations have been completed in time for Republican National Convention visitors, but the artwork will enhance the commute for regular sers of rapid transit rail as well. NOACA committed $357,000 and the Cleveland Foundation contributed $150,000 for this unique beautification project.  
 
 
STOP pilot projects ready to roll
  
 
NOACA is ready to implement a pilot Signal Timing and Optimization Program (STOP) in the next state fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2016. Outdated and inefficient signal timing can cause delay and congestion on urban arterial roadways, and can also degrade air quality. The intent of the STOP is to upgrade and enhance traffic signal operation to improve traffic flow, improve mobility and reduce vehicle emissions.
 
Using technical criteria developed in a collaborative effort by NOACA councils, committees and staff, corridors were ranked for the STOP based on the degree of likelihood to improve operations and reduce emissions. The following top two corridors from this ranking were chosen for the pilot project, and were approved by the NOACA Board on June 10: 
  • Cedar Road from Green Road to Lander Road - 2.9 miles and 13 signalized intersections in the Cities of Beachwood, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike, South Euclid and University Heights
  • Pearl Road from West 130th Street to Brookpark Road - 4 miles and 19 signalized intersections in the Cities of Cleveland, Middleburg Heights, Parma, and Parma Heights
NOACA will work closely with project sponsors and a consultant to successfully complete the STOP projects.
 
Take a survey for improving biking and walking in Bay Village's Cahoon Park
     
 
As part of its Technical Assistance Program, NOACA is helping the City of Bay Village study Cahoon Park and the surrounding area to determine how to better provide walking and biking
Cahoon Park in Bay Village
options for the park. The study focuses on connecting the east and west portions of the park and improving safety for park users. The completed plan will recommend strategies to make walking and biking to and around Cahoon Park more attractive.
 
If you visit the park and have opinions about existing walking and biking options, as well as barriers in and around the park­­, please take a brief survey. Input from this survey will help guide planners in developing the recommendations and strategies the City could use to make improvements to the park and surrounding area.
 
Reminder: register today for the 2016 Ohio Freight Conference
    
 
This year's annual Ohio Conference on Freight, Steering Supply Chain Innovation in a Global Marketplace, will take place at the Cleveland Hilton Downtown from August 22-24. The freight conference, celebrating its 10th year, focuses on developing freight-related economic activity in Ohio, its surrounding states and the bi-national Midwest region. Freight infrastructure and operations are extremely important to Ohio, as the state's economic growth increasingly depends upon efficient freight movement. Along with keynote speeches and breakout sessions, the conference will feature optional tours of the Giant Eagle Distribution Center in Bedford and the Port of Cleveland's freight facilities as part of an evening cruise on the Nautica Queen.
 
NOACA encourages professionals who plan, build and maintain freight infrastructure to attend the conference. Professional engineers can earn professional development hours, and American Institute of Certified Planners members can earn certification maintenance credits for attending. For more details about the event and breakout sessions, review the informational booklet. NOACA is partnering with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Jobs Ohio to host this event.
 
  
Contact:
Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414, ext. 100

Website: www.noaca.org

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