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Stand Up for Transportation

Local groups concerned with transportation infrastructure and funding are working together to show state and federal elected officials that there is an urgent need for legislative solutions to regional transportation problems.

On April 9 from 2 - 3 p.m., transportation workers and a wide range of transportation stakeholders will gather at Woodsdale Park in Toledo on the Anthony Wayne Trail. Speakers from TMACOG, ODOT, TARTA, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and local jurisdictions will describe how the current situation would be improved with better legislation including a new federal transportation bill. The current bill, MAP-21, is scheduled to expire May 31. The public and interested citizens are invited to attend and hear what local planners and engineers think about our public transit, highway, bridge, road, rail, and port facilities and what our elected officials in Columbus and Washington D.C. could do to provide sufficient, reliable funding.

The TMACOG legislative agenda that was created with regional partners addresses many of the same questions that the April 9 rally will address. That document explains how a new federal transportation bill is necessary to fund those plans that address local needs. When we create the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP), and the 2015-2045 Transportation Plan, we need to be sure of the funding that will be available to implement the plans.

The initiative is called Stand Up for Transportation and is organized by the American Public Transportation Association. The group has established the hashtag #SU4T for social media. No registration is required for the April 9 program. In case of rain, activities will be moved to the TARPS facility at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza adjacent to TMACOG.

 


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