February & March 2013
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Turnpike Proposal Explored at Transportation Summit

The featured speaker at the March 22 Transportation Summit is Rick Hodges, executive director, Ohio Turnpike Commission. In December, 2012 the State of Ohio released a long awaited study of the Ohio Turnpike and announced the Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan—which foregoes a lease or placing the turnpike under the control of the state’s department of transportation. Instead the plan calls for a continued public turnpike commission with greatly expanded authority to issue $1.5 billion in new bonds against future toll revenue. Under the proposal, the Ohio Turnpike Commission will be renamed the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and have input on infrastructure projects beyond the turnpike. Other details of the proposal call for no layoffs of turnpike staff, and tolls to rise annually at no more than the rate of inflation except for “local” commuters (30 miles or less) whose tolls will remain unchanged for 10 years.

Rick Hodges, Executive Director Ohio Turnpike Commission

Mr. Rick Hodges, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission and Fulton county native, will present the keynote address at the 19th Transportation Summit hosted by TMACOG. He will discuss the details of this proposal including the anticipated process by which funds will be directed toward non-turnpike projects. The session will also highlight practical realities of the envisioned new working relationship with ODOT.

The Transportation Summit for northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan will be held at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg on Friday, March 22, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will feature three panel sessions covering all modes of transportation in addition to the luncheon keynote session. See more information here.

Registration is required. The registration fee ($40 for TMACOG members / $60 for non-members / $25 for students) covers all panels, exhibits, keynote presentation and lunch. To register, visit www.tmacog.org/summit.htm, call Jodi Rayburg at 419.241.9155, ext. 120, or e-mail to rayburg@tmacog.org.

Area transportation stakeholders including planners, engineers, construction professionals, economic developers, and elected and appointed officials, service providers, and others are invited to attend. Professional engineers can claim Professional Development Hours and Continuing Maintenance credits for AICP certification are anticipated.

Partnership opportunities are still available. Contact Christine Drennen at 419.241.9155, ext. 119 or drennen@tmacog.org for more information.


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