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TMACOG Transportation Process Certified

Public meeting with the review team from FHWA and FTA.

Following a certification review by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), TMACOG has received notice that its planning processes have been certified. All metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are subject to review every four years.

Representatives from the FHWA and the FTA held a public meeting, met with staff, and reviewed planning documents in January. Their report, received March 8, 2016, commends TMACOG on two grounds and had one recommendation. TMACOG is commended on its use of the 2015 Ohio Strategic Highway Safety Plan as a guide for the 2045 Plan Update. This use ensures that regional plans are consistent with state and national goals. TMACOG was also recognized for continued leadership in freight planning regionally and nationally. The Freight Advisory Committee has been an active TMACOG transportation planning group for many years and the Ohio Conference on Freight, a state-wide forum organized and presented by TMACOG, is in its tenth year. Reviewers recommended that TMACOG coordinate with local public agencies to identify which activities have Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plans in place and promote compliance with the ADA/504 requirements. The aim is to identify innovative or cost-effective tools that might assist public agencies with meeting accessibility requirements.

David Gedeon, acting vice president of Transportation, said, “We are of course pleased to have satisfied all our federal requirements but the evaluation is also a good measuring stick for us. The commendations tell us that we are providing good service to our members and to the people who depend on the transportation system.”

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