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TRANSPORTATION

Passenger Rail Forum

Congestion Management Process

TIP Amendment

Transportation Staff

ENVIRONMENT
Pollution Prevention Workshop

Ottawa River Celebration

Green Infrastructure Workshop

Water barrels for Stormwater

NEWS
TMACOG Award

M
ember Highlight -
Toledo Trucking Association

 


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TRANSPORTATION

Passenger Rail Forum:
Train Station Renovation Drives Economic Development


Business people, elected officials, and economic development professionals are invited to hear how investing in passenger rail can rebuild communities. The 2013 Passenger Rail Forum is Monday, October 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Toledo Club in downtown Toledo....read more


Congestion Management Process

In metropolitan areas of 200,000 or more, planning agencies are required to monitor and evaluate measures to reduce traffic congestion. (The population of the TMACOG transportation management area which the Census Bureau defines as the Toledo Urbanized Area is 507,643.) TMACOG completed a Congestion Management Process report in August for review by ODOT and the Federal Highway Transportation Administration....read more




TIP Amended with New Projects

The 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program has been amended to add seven major projects totaling nearly $400 million. The projects are added at the request of ODOT. Three of the now scheduled projects will widen I-75 from Perrysburg to Findlay. Other ODOT projects include construction of the second phase of the I-75/I-475 systems interchange in downtown Toledo and widening I-75 from I-280 to Phillips Avenue in north Toledo. Expect construction to begin next year. When completed by 2018, I-75 will be widened to three lanes in each direction from the Michigan state line to Findlay. The ODOT projects are made possible by sale of bonds through the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.



New Transportation Staff


Lance Dasher, Transportation Planner

The TMACOG Transportation department is pleased to welcome Lance Dasher who was hired in August as a transportation planner. Dasher previously spent two summers at TMACOG as an intern working in traffic counting. In his new full-time position, he will be working with senior staff on the Transportation Improvement Program, on bike and pedestrian issues, and with rail and transit programs. Dasher is working on his master’s degree in geography and planning at the University of Toledo. He has a bachelor’s in the same field from UT. He chose his field because, he says, “The work is about helping a community better itself, taking practical steps to improve the future. That’s what I want to do.” Contact Lance Dasher at 419.241.9155, ext. 115, or dasher@tmacog.org


ENVIRONMENT

Pollution Prevention Workshop

To meet stormwater permits, local jurisdictions are required to provide training for some municipal workers. TMACOG is hosting a workshop Tuesday, November 19 that will satisfy the requirement and provide training on ways to prevent stormwater pollution that could occur during routine municipal operations and maintenance....read more



Celebrating Ottawa River Restoration


A project to restore habit in the Ottawa River where it runs through the main campus of the University of Toledo was celebrated September 20 by university officials and representatives of the funding agencies...read more


Green Infrastructure Workshop

Urban planners, designers, developers, and elected and appointed officials are invited to attend a green infrastructure workshop Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.-noon at the University of Toledo, Nitschke Hall, Engineering Connector Room. A series of workshops will look at case studies of green and LEED certified developments.

“Green” infrastructure describes strategies that manage stormwater with natural processes close to where the water falls. When rain falls on hard surfaces like roads, sidewalks, and roofs, it picks up grease, fertilizers, bacteria, and other waste. The rainwater carries these pollutants to rivers and streams. Green infrastructure can include rain gardens, vegetated areas along roads and sidewalks, or can be incorporated into a building’s design in the form of rooftop greenery. These attractive and innovative practices are increasingly being used both in place of and in combination with traditional stormwater systems of curbs, gutters, and pipes.

The half-day seminar is hosted by the Rain Garden Initiative and the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission. The fee is $10. For more information contact Cheryl Rice, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 419.893.1966 ext. 3.



Modern Rain Barrels Manage Stormwater

Overflow crowds learned how to build rain barrels at two recent workshops organized by the Rain Garden Initiative (RGI) and members of TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition. The 55-gallon rain barrels are designed to capture runoff from roof downspouts. The stored water is used to water lawns and gardens and to wash cars, saving water that would otherwise come from the spigot. Rain barrels and other methods of rain water harvesting reduce the volume of rain water entering the storm sewer system. Used collectively, these barrels can reduce the amount of stormwater pollution in our waterways...read more


NEWS


TMACOG Award

Only about six percent of entities subject to annual state of Ohio audits are recognized for excellence in financial reporting. For the third consecutive year, TMACOG has been recognized with the Auditor of State Award for a clean audit: one that contains no findings for recovery, no material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, or any questioned costs.
...read more



Member Highlight:
Toledo Trucking Association



It’s been a busy time recently for members of the Toledo Trucking Association. They participated in the 2013 Ohio Conference on Freight in September, and September was Truck Safety Month with local members organizing outreach activities. Even without special events, things are always moving in the trucking industry. President of Toledo Trucking Association David Black said that increases in the amount of freight and changes in regulations mean that truckers are always working at full speed ...read more


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Upcoming Events

Passenger Rail Forum
October 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St.
Contact:
Diane Reamer Evans , 419.241.9155 ext. 117

TMACOG Tech:
Collaboration and Shared Services

Wednesday, October 16, 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Contact:
Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105

Environmental Law
Enforcement Workshop

Wednesday and Thursday, October 30 and 31 at the office of Northwestern Water and Sewer District: 12560 Middleton Pike in Bowling Green
Contact:
Susie Harpham , 614.325.9710