Ohio needs affordable, accessible, and environmentally-friendly transportation options in Ohio but we are at a crossroads. Which route will we choose?
Embrace the 21st century and build a vibrant interconnected transportation network to move people and freight? OR Stay stuck with 1950s "game-plan" where O-H-I-O = Only Highways In Ohio.
Ohio’s oudated transportation system is harming our environment, economy, and health. We need to invest in convenient, affordable transportation alternatives that encourage walking, biking, rail, and public transit that will cut harmful pollution, reduce congestion, and improve public health.
- Ohio is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
- Transportation produces about one-third of greenhouse gas pollution in Ohio.
- In Ohio, car transporation is the 2nd largest household expense after housing.
- Households in auto-dependent locations spend 25% of their income on transportation.
- Ohio spends less than 1% of its transportation dollars on public transit.
Benefits of Public Transportation
- Saves fuel.
- Saves money.
- Reduces overall vehicle emissions.
- Relieves highway congestion.
- Increases transportation options and mobility.
- Decreases the need for constructing more highways and extracting more fossil fuels.
- Read the OEC's full testimony to House Committee on 2-20-13.
- Read the OEC's testimony to Ohio Senate on Transportation Budget on 3-13-13.
- Watch video of Jack Shaner's testimony from the February 20, 2013 hearing of the Ohio House Finance + Appropriations Committee (Jack's testimony begins at the 51:00 mark).
- Natural Resources Defense Council blog: Ohioans Deserve and Demand Transportation Choices
- Green City Blue Lake blog: Tired of Short Shrift for Transit, Complete Streets, Ohioans Ask for Fair Funding
- Toledo Blade editorial: Mobility Choices