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Students Aid Stormwater

Restoration at Botanical Gardens

Ottawa River at UT Campus
Train Day Toledo


Freight Study Class

Member Highlight: WSOS

TMACOG Tech: JobsOhio

New Neighbor: Welcome TARPS

March /
April 2012

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Transportation Summit, March 30

Connecting Partners, Sharing Information, and Coordinating Efforts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

In a year when Ohio’s transportation plans are getting a lot of attention, TMACOG is pleased to announce that ODOT Director Jerry Wray will be the luncheon speaker at the 18th Transportation Summit on Friday, March 30...more


Stormwater Projects Aided by Student Work

TMACOG’s work to manage stormwater is partially funded by short-term project-oriented grants. To extend the range of these grants, TMACOG’s Environmental Planner Ann-Drea Hensley has developed some creative partnerships. For two grants in process this year, Hensley is partnering with students and teachers at Penta Career Center, Springfield High School, and Sylvania Northview High School...more

Dam Removal and Restoration
at Toledo Botanical Garden

TMACOG’s Maumee River Coordinator Matt Horvat is working with the Toledo Botanical Garden on a project to address dams and silted-in ponds in the park. Horvat is the contract coordinator for the project.

About 30 years ago, two ponds were created by building concrete low head dams to impound water flowing through Hill Ditch. However, the ponds formed behind the dams began to fill with silt. “It’s not a self-sustaining water system,” says Horvat...more

Ottawa River Restoration at UT

At a public meeting at the University of Toledo on February 14, university staff and students learned more about the planned improvements to the Ottawa River that runs through the campus. The Army Corps of Engineers presented the overall plan to restore that river. Maumee River Coordinator Matt Horvat and UT’s Dr. Patrick Lawrence went into more detail on the plan for vegetation in the riparian area...more


Train Day Toledo to Host Amtrak Exhibit Train

Visitors to Toledo’s Train Day event Saturday, May 5 will get a special treat this year. The Toledo celebration will be a stop for Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train. The train is a rolling museum chronicling Amtrak’s four decades as the U.S. coast to coast passenger train system. The exhibit train is sure to be a key attraction at one of the largest train day celebrations in the country...more

TMACOG Certification Review – Public Meeting

Every four years, per federal law, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct a planning certification review of each Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). TMACOG is the MPO for Lucas and Wood counties, and the three southern townships of Monroe County, Michigan. The review of TMACOG’s planning process will be in March, 2012 with a public meeting Tuesday, March 6, noon – 1 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

This federal review ensures that the TMACOG planning process is comprehensive, cooperative, and continuous – the 3-C planning principles required by federal law. And also that all populations – including people with disabilities, people living in low-income areas, and people with low English skills – can participate in our region’s transportation plans. See the TMACOG Public Involvement plan here. The public meeting is an opportunity for people to comment on their experience with TMACOG’s public input process. The meeting is free and open to all. For more information or to register, contact Jodi Rayburg, 419.241.9155 ext. 120

Opportunity for Freight Study

A two-day course in Advanced Freight Planning is being offered in Cleveland, April 24 and 25, 2012. This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Freight Management and Operations. There are pre-requisites for this course.

Advanced Freight Planning is directed toward both public and private sectors: state DOT transportation and freight planners, city and county planners who deal with freight planning issues, mid-and high-level public sector transportation and freight planners, consultants, private sector freight managers, economic development analysts, and FHWA employees.

Register for the course here. For more information, contact Meredith Davis  at 216.367.4005



Member Highlight

WSOS is a private, nonprofit Community Action Agency serving the population in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties with additional programs in Erie, Huron and Hancock counties. The agency grew out of the “War on Poverty” established by President Lyndon Johnson. Its mission is to reduce poverty and to help low-income people become self-sufficient. With that broad mission, WSOS has established dozens of assistance and training programs in its mostly rural territory...more

Following the TMACOG Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m., Gary Thompson will talk about Ohio’s new private development agency, JobsOhio. Thompson works for the Regional Growth Partnership which will coordinate JobsOhio functions for 19 northwest Ohio counties. There is no fee to attend but reservations are requested. Please contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

TARPS: Welcome Neighbor

Neighbors and guests visited the brand new facility housing the Toledo Area Regional Paratransit System (TARPS) at a grand opening on February 27. The new building is adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza which houses TMACOG and Amtrak. TARPS ridership has more than doubled in the past three years...more

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Upcoming Events
Ohio’s Sunshine
Law Training

Owens Community College
Friday, March 9, 9 a.m. - noon


Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Wednesday, March 21, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Transportation Summit
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Friday, March 30,
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

National Train Day Toledo
Amtrak Station and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m

Bike Month
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