Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments 50th Anniversary Annual Report
TRANSPORTATION In more recognition that people are changing the way they get around, Ohio’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (TMACOG is the MPO for Lucas and Wood counties and southern Monroe County) pooled resources to create Gohio Commute. This new ride planning platform replaces Share A Ride which was a simple carpool matching program. Gohio Commute is a robust, interactive platform for all forms of low-impact transportation: walking, cycling, carpooling, and public transit. An assertive advertising program was launched at the start of the fiscal year (July, 2017) to introduce the program and encourage participation. Transportation Research TMACOG manages ongoing collection and analysis of data to improve safety and efficiency of the transportation system. • The Functional Classification Update was approved in 2017. Identifying road use and ranking roads is important in applying for transportation funding. Significant changes include updates on SR 25 near Levis Commons area in Perrysburg from “minor arterial” to “principal arterial,” in Rossford, Buck Rd. was upgraded to “collector,” and Front St. in east Toledo upgraded to “principal arterial.” • Transportation Service and Safety Modeling staff serve member needs for local planning. In 2017 TMACOG provided maps, data, crash diagrams, population forecasts, traffic projections, and traffic counts to members and partner agencies. • Transportation planners collected information about cyclists’ preferred routes for a Bicycle Users Map that will be released in May, 2018. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic was counted with new collectors that can register direction of foot and bike traffic on multi-use paths. TMACOG received an Active Transportation grant to purchase the better bicycle counters. Members can request that TMACOG conduct counts of bicycle and pedestrian traffic in their communities. In 2017 significant progress was made on several large highway projects in the TMACOG transportation planning area. In Monroe County, the Summerfield Rd. bridge reconstruction over US 23 was completed. In Lucas County, multiple intersection improvements on Navarre Ave.; structural steel painting was essentially completed on the Anthony Wayne bridge (the High Level); paving is complete on Central Ave., (Holland-Sylvania to Secor) and Sylvania Ave. (Talmadge to Monroe); and the Monroe St. bridge deck was replaced over I-75 between Bancroft and Lincoln. The Gateway Project improved the U.S. 24 terminus in downtown Toledo. In Wood County, the diverging diamond interchange at SR 25/I-475 will have minor finishing work in spring of 2018; I-75 is widened to three lanes each direction between Perrysburg and Findlay; and rehabilitation of the SR 295 bridge in Grand Rapids over the Maumee River is complete. 12. The year 2001 saw official groundbreaking for the Maumee River Crossing and the first Transportation Legislative Agenda was published, The Gas Cap Testing and Replacement program began and a full-time Maumee River Watershed coordinator. 2000’s
Transportation Programs The TMACOG Transportation Improvement Program allocates locally managed transportation funds and staff manages public information outreach programs. • In 2017, the TMACOG Board of Trustees approved the Fiscal Year 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP weighs, scores, and allocates more than $50 million in TMACOG-managed funds. • The TIP is amended as circumstances change. In 2017, a significant amendment reflected changes in local planning and in available funds. It has long been a local priority to widen I-475 from Central Ave. to Airport Hwy. and add an I-475 interchange at Dorr St. Due to unusual requests by the state, TMACOG allocated $4 million in locally managed funds to this state project. Dorr St. interchange illustration courtesy of ODOT District 2. • Ozone Action Season is May through September. Regional outreach in Lucas and Wood counties and southeast Michigan includes sponsorship of scout nights at Mud Hens games, air quality forecasts, a widespread advertising and public information campaign, and the Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program. • After 10 years under TMACOG oversight, management of the Ohio Conference on Freight moved to the Ohio Association of Regional Councils. In 2017, the conference was organized by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) in Columbus. The hand-off allows the conference to continue to grow. LINKS The >2018-2021 TIP includes 193 projects with total project cost of over $750 million. TMACOG’s >Complete Streets Policy is a model for jurisdictions in the region. > Gohio Commute helps walkers, bikers, and users of public transit plan their trips and rewards smart commuting. IGateway Project in downtown Toledo. 2000’s 13. In 2003 Give Water A Hand is created – a partnership to fulfill outreach and education component of stormwater permits. Also, TMACOG studies suggest that Wolf Creek is a significant source of bacteria at the Lake Erie beaches of Maumee Bay State Park.