On the Move: 2045 Plan - Update 2020
More than 430 people have completed paper and electronic surveys to tell TMACOG planners what improvements they want to see in the transportation system in Lucas and Wood counties and southern Monroe County. Scores of people also participated in a public meeting on Facebook and at locations around the region in February, March, and April. With this public input, TMACOG planners are moving ahead with the next steps to update the region’s long range transportation plan.
“On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan” is the current long range plan, created in 2015. TMACOG is mandated to maintain the plan with updates every five years. The plan addresses transportation policies and initiatives and ranks specific projects in order of priority based on funding that is anticipated to be available.
Following the recent public input period, the next steps will be evaluating the public comments. This will be the work of staff planners and the committees that are working on the update. Planners will identify needs specified in the surveys, weigh priorities, and develop specific projects to address those needs. TMACOG Vice President of Transportation David Gedeon explained. “For example, if we see a lot of notes that say we need more bike paths, we will then look for specific locations where bike paths can be incorporated. The most useful and cost-effective projects will be added to the plan.”
The plan goes through an extensive review process. Following the initial update by planners and committees, the 2045 Plan – Update 2020 will be reviewed by the TMACOG Transportation Council and the Executive Committee. When all questions are resolved, it will be endorsed by the Board of Trustees in June, 2020.