The OEC's Jack Shaner Testifies on Ohio's Transportation Budget.
On February 20, the Ohio Environmental Council joined a coalition of partners calling on the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee to fund affordable, accessible, and environmentally-friendly transportation options in Ohio.
The OEC and partners asked for $75M per fiscal year (approximately 2.5%) of the $6.1B biennial Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) budget for a “Transportation Choice Fund” to fund a variety of transportation options, including
- public transit;
- passenger rail;
- hybrid buses;
- electric vehicles;
- and walk-able and bike-able streets.
The OEC also urged the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee to ask ODOT and the Ohio Rail Development Commission to provide it with a list of potential public transit and freight rail development projects and associated costs/benefits and also a list of potential federal transportation funds that could be used to match state funds.
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 this morning’s 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