Table of
2009 Ohio Conference on Freight
SID for Solar Energy
Safe Routes to School
Ohio Hub Stimulus
TIP Amendment:
$12 million
Clean Ohio Fund Applications Due
Wet Weather Workshop
Environmental Council Reviews Proposed Regulations
Student Watershed Watch
Clean Fuels Ohio
Member Highlight:
Monroe County

Census 2010

"Specialized Transportation"
Grants Available for Nonprofits

October 2009
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2009 Ohio Conference on Freight Stimulates Discussion
Partnerships. Integrating transportation modes. Assured funding. These were the common themes generated at the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight held in Toledo in September. A complete report will be sent to the Big Picture mailing list soon..... more

Special Improvement Districts for Solar Energy
Would you like to know more about the solar energy SID? Let us know.
Ohio House Bill 1 signed this summer allows Ohio municipalities and townships to create special financing districts that would help finance solar energy installations. The bill takes effect October 15, 2009. It allows a special improvement district (SID) to be created within a municipality to help homes and businesses finance the installation of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, including roof top and ground solar arrays and solar water heaters. ....more


Ohio Safe Routes to School Funding Available
Local governments and non-profit organizations are invited to apply for funds to help Ohio grade-school children get safely to school by foot or on a bicycle. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants who have ODOT-approved School Travel Plans, have developed their Safe Routes to School program, and who can show a demonstrated need for funding to implement the plan. Applicants may also apply for funds to develop their School Travel Plan. The program serves students in grades k-8. ...more

Ohio Hub: Passenger Rail Plans Advance
The Transportation Review Advisory Council recently gave ODOT authority to spend $7 million through the Ohio Rail Development Commission to advance preliminary engineering studies on the Ohio Hub. The Ohio Hub is the state’s long-term plan for building a network of high-speed passenger rail routes connecting Ohio cities and connecting to major cities in neighboring states and provinces. The preliminary studies will survey the condition of existing rails, identify possible sites for stations, and list any environmental issues.

Amendment Adds $12 million to Local TIP
When ODOT was determining how to allocate funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), modernization of the Toledo Shipyard made the list. However, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) later determined that the project was not eligible under the terms of the ARRA. Since then, ODOT, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the FHWA have been working to identify alternative projects. An agreement was reached and announced August 26 that will reallocate funding from the shipyard to a series of other projects at the port. ...more


Applications for Clean Ohio Grants Due November 20
Non-profit agencies in Lucas County that are applying for Clean Ohio Grant funds to preserve natural areas in the county must submit applications by 5 p.m., November 20 at TMACOG offices, 300 Martin Luther King, Dr., in the Amtrak building....more

Workshop: Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that uses natural or engineered systems that mimic natural landscapes to capture and clean water and to reduce runoff. Green infrastructure can include porous pavement, gray water re-use systems, green roofs, and other features. In a day-and-a-half workshop November 5 and 6, participants will learn about design and construction of green infrastructure, what it takes to get a project approved, and see some samples of successful, completed projects. ...more

Environmental Council Reviews Changes to Regulations
At the monthly meeting of TMACOG’s Environmental Council September 24, attendees considered Ohio Senate House Bill 110, and learned about a proposed Clean Water Restoration Act ...more

Students Study Waterways of the Maumee Watershed

High school students from schools throughout the Maumee watershed are expected to participate in the 20th annual Student Watershed Watch in October and November. The annual Student Watershed Watch introduces young people to careers in environmental sciences and involves them in on-going monitoring of local natural resources....more


Clean Fuels Discussion Forum
Fleet operators, energy suppliers, and those interested in developing clean transportation technology are invited to a free public discussion forum at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Thursday, October 22, 4-6 p.m. Clean Fuels Ohio will facilitate the discussion...more

Member Highlight: Monroe County
The TMACOG region includes three southern townships of Monroe County in its transportation and environmental planning areas. While Monroe County is officially part of the Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint Census Statistical Area, it is also a northerly extension of the Toledo metropolitan area and an important part of northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan regional plans ...more

Census 2010 Presentation
Following the TMACOG Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, October 21, local representatives of the U.S. Census will make a presentation titled "The 2010 Census - How to Prepare & Be Counted!" The presentation will begin about 2 p.m. at TMACOG offices ....more

Nonprofits Can Apply for Transportation Funding
Any private, nonprofit organization that provides transportation to the elderly or disabled may apply for funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The first step is submitting a letter of intent. That letter is due by October 15. For complete information, see TMACOG’s Specialized Transportation web page. For additional information or help with the application procedure, contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155 ext 134.

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