OEC & Partners Call for Public Transit Funding

Jack Shaner Testifies
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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;
  • streetcars;
  • 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 It

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 it!

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). 

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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