Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
Regional Core Circulator Study
things are happening in and around downtown Toledo.†
The new 5/3 Field (home of the Mudhens), downtown condos, and the
development of the Docks and Warehouse District, the Uptown area and north
Toledo are adding to the assets at the regionís core and nearby attractions
such as the Toledo Zoo and Toledo Museum of Art.† To further strengthen these developments, the regionís transportation
agencies, led by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG)
has begun an unprecedented study of† transportation in the downtown area.† The purpose of the study is to develop a package
of changes to the transportation system to support development and address
a broad range of transportation issues, with an emphasis on the downtown
Toledo area.† The package is intended
access to downtown for those travelling there for business or pleasure.
expanded transportation options for those living and working downtown
and in nearby neighborhoods.
connectivity between downtown entertainment and tourist sites such
as COSI, 5/3 Field, Seagate Convention Centre, the Docks, and the
pedestrian and bicycle circulation in the downtown area, with an emphasis
on providing amenities and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
study will focus on downtown Toledo, extending from I-75 southwest of the
city Center to LaGrange Street, and from 14th Street to the east
side of the river.† The study area
includes the Warehouse District, the Docks and the proposed International
Park and Marina Developments east of the river.
What Will We Study?
project team will look at the existing transportation system around
the regionís core area and recent studies that have identified problems
and recommended changes.† The team will then work with stakeholders and members of the public
to develop solutions to those† problems.†
These solutions might include:
modifying, or replacing the existing bus loop that operates around the
core of downtown.
pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly areas in and near downtown by providing
amenities, including improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks, upgraded
landscaping and development of bike lanes and paths.
the downtown area, and connecting downtown to nearby attractions such
as the zoo and museum of art, with a new historic streetcar, modern
light rail or tram, trolley bus, or other new and exciting type of
a new automated guideway transit system that could whisk passengers
to locations throughout the downtown area at the touch of a button,
much like an elevator works within a building.
the connection of downtown attractions on the east side of the Maumee
River, possibly via the Cherry Street bridge, possibly on a new
bridge, or using other means such as integrating water taxis or
ferries into the public transit system.
Public Involvement Process
study is being guided by a team of key area stakeholders.†
The team will be comprised of leaders in government, business and
non-profit agencies, community leaders, and the local media.†
They will identify issues and potential solutions to provide better
transportation service to the regional core area.
project team anticipates holding public open houses to establish issues
and needs and to solicit opinions on alternatives that have been developed.†
The public open houses are preliminarily scheduled for early October
2002 and February 2003.† If youíd like to be on our mailing list to
receive information on these meetings call us or write to us.† Phone, postal and e-mail contact information
is listed below.†
Outcome: Better Transportation for the Regionís Core
study team will work toward agreement among the regionís civic leaders,
transportation officials and members of the public on a package of improvements
to transportation in the regionís core.†
This package of improvements may be eligible for partial funding
by the US Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
study began in early July 2002 and is expected to be complete in 2003.†
Name: Steve Herwat
PO Box 9508
Toledo, OH 43697-9508
Phone: 419-241-9155 ext. 129