December 2012 & January 2013
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Transportation Legislative Agenda Underway

TMACOG and a diverse coalition of transportation stakeholders work together continuously on transportation issues of significance to the region. One strategy that addresses funding and policy decisions made by state and federal lawmakers is the Transportation Legislative Agenda, produced every other year in step with Ohio Congressional terms. TMACOG partners are currently collaborating to summarize the key initiatives in our region and update the agenda. The agenda concerns all modes including air, freight and passenger rail, highways, streets, and bridges, marine transport, public transportation, bike and pedestrian travel, and academic research and training related to transportation and planning. Partners work carefully to describe our agreed upon strategies to produce the best possible transportation network in terms of safety, connectivity, and economic growth.

The final document will be available shortly after the first of the new year when the 130th Ohio General Assembly and the 113th Congress convene. Ohio is a “home rule” state, and as a result federal law together with companion state law provides local counties, townships, and municipalities the authority to develop and implement their own transportation plans.

The members of TMACOG’s Transportation Council and its various subcommittees are encouraged to review the Transportation Legislative Agenda carefully as it is developed and to participate in discussion about regional priorities. TMACOG welcomes the input of coalition members and local, state, and federal officials as the draft is developed. For more information on the Transportation Legislative Agenda, contact Christine Drennen at 419.241.9155 ext. 119.

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