August 26, 2016                                                                          Volume 6, Issue 6

Come to NOACA's Annual Meeting
Plans are being finalized for NOACA's 2016 Annual Meeting, to be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Cleveland Hilton. The keynote speaker is Mark Fenton, a national pedestrian, bicycle and transit advocate and a recognized authority on public health, planning and transportation issues. Fenton, a former member of the U.S. national race walking team, has authored several books on fitness and pedestrian topics, and hosted the PBS television series "America's Walking."
The cost to attend the Annual Meeting is $50 for adults and $25 for seniors and students with an I.D. For more information or to register, contact NOACA Senior Communications Specialist Gayle Godek.
2016 Sustainable Cleveland Summit

Registration is open for the 8th annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit, scheduled for September 21-22, at Cleveland Public Auditorium. The Summit provides a unique opportunity to foster collaboration, learn about recent innovations and plan for the future of the Cleveland metropolitan area. Summit attendees will participate in a full day of visioning, design and action planning focused on the themes of Sustainable Transportation and Vibrant Green Space. Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, is the keynote speaker and will lead an interactive workshop on the Summit's first day.
The 2016 Commuter Choice Challenge awards will be presented  at the Summit's opening reception. The awards recognize organizations that encourage and incentivize their employees to use alternative modes of transportation, including transit, carpooling, bicycling and walking to get to work. This year, NOACA is co-hosting the program with the City of Cleveland, with assistance from the Greater Cleveland RTA.

Continue the conversation: attend Long-Range Transportation Plan stakeholder meetings
Join NOACA at two upcoming meetings to discuss the future of transportation in Northeast Ohio:
Business and Economic Impacts stakeholder meeting, August 31, 6-8 p.m., NOACA's office

NOACA invites business leaders and stakeholders to discuss the relationships between transportation assets/resources and economic growth planning. Recognize how transportation affects the economy and businesses in Northeast Ohio and how it can help the region become a driving force in the global economy.
Long Range Transportation Plan Visioning Session, September 20, 6-8 p.m., at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, 1375 Euclid Avenue
NOACA's seeks input from the region's residents to understand their transportation choices and vision for Northeast Ohio's future transportation system. Everyone is welcome to attend and voice an opinion about the condition of transportation and how it might be improved.

If you anticipate attending either meeting, please RSVP to Amy Stacy, or call her at 216-241-2414, ext. 205.
Try NOACA's Interactive TIP tool   

Have you tried NOACA's new interactive Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) tool? NOACA premiered this resource in the spring to help project sponsors and other users find project details and funding information for road, bridge, transit, bicycle and enhancement projects in NOACA's TIP. The TIP is a prioritized list of all federally funded projects and regionally significant, non-federally funded transportation projects to be implemented over the next four fiscal years in NOACA's five counties.
TIP tool button 
To access the TIP tool, navigate to the TIP tool portal by clicking the button on NOACA's home page. Using the TIP tool, search for projects by typing in the project name, project identification number or through a user-friendly map. For assistance on how use the TIP tool, check out the how-to video on the web portal page.
Two free FHWA workshops scheduled in September
Next month, NOACA will host two free Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) workshops at its 1299 Superior Avenue office:
Road Diet Workshop, September 8, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Road diets typically involve the narrowing or removing of motor
Diagram of a how a road can look after a road diet.

vehicle lanes and utilizing the space for other uses, including two-way left turn lanes or non-motorized transportation modes. This low-cost action can reduce accidents, improve safety and enhance mobility in locations where they are implemented. The road diet workshop will examine different types of road diets and identify situations where they work well. Workshop participants will evaluate a real-world road diet candidate and develop recommendations for improving the situation. To register for the workshop, contact Active Transportation Engineer Melissa Thompson by September 2, 2016.
Integrating Planning for Operations, September 12-13, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Planning for operations is a joint effort between planners and operators to integrate management and operations (M&O) strategies into the planning process for the purpose of improving regional transportation system efficiency, reliability and options. This workshop highlights models for integrating operations into a metropolitan transportation plan and provides participants with an overview of possible operations funding options and notable practices of programming for operations. To register for this workshop, contact Manager of Transportation Studies Mike Kubek by August 31, 2016.
Ohio EPA certifies Painesville's Source Water Protection Plan
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has endorsed and certified the City of Painesville's Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP), a plan aimed at protecting Lake Erie as a source of drinking water. Painesville's SWPP is the first certified plan in Ohio for a facility that uses Lake Erie as a source of drinking water. The plan identifies and prioritizes contaminant sources and offers strategies to protect Lake Erie from them.
Ohio EPA has certified the City of Painesville's Source Water Protection Plan. 
Producing the plan was a two-year, joint effort among NOACA, the
Painesville Water Division, The Nature Conservancy, Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Lake County GIS Department and the Lake County General Health District. Certification enhances the Painesville Water Division's eligibility for funding programs, as some funding sources award additional priority points for applicants with certified plans.
NOACA updates community pavement condition reports

In August 2014, NOACA prepared pavement condition and scenario reports for 97 communities in its five-county area. The reports, prepared using 2012 pavement condition data, contain pavement condition ratings for federal-aid roadways not maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation and offer cost estimates for bringing the roads into a state of good repair.
NOACA recently updated these pavement condition reports with 2014 data, and they are posted on the website along with the 2014 reports.
NOACA Board of Directors meets September 9

NOACA's Board of Directors will meet on Friday, September 9 at 9 a.m. At the meeting, members will consider approving:
  • Changes in the composition of the NOACA Board of Directors
  • Increased federal funding allocations for the Opportunity Corridor and NOACA Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) implementation grant projects
  • NOACA's Fiscal Year Overall Work Program Completion Report
  • Candidates for the agency's Rural Advisory Council
  • Performance measures for NOACA's capital infrastructure program
 The public is welcome to attend all NOACA Board of Directors and committee meetings.



Grace Gallucci, Executive Director

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