Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Last week the head of greater Cleveland's transportaion planning agency laid out a vision for the future that includes more attention to mass transit in the region. Grace Gallucci took over as executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, or NOACA, a little over a year ago. ideastream's Bill Rice reports.
Gallucci, along with NOACA’s board and staff, is working up a strategic plan she says is designed to make the most of increasingly limited finances. NOACA plans to spend 9 billion dollars between now and 2035. The bulk of that will be on repairing existing roads and bridges, and the agency is conducting a comprehensive survey to determine where repairs are needed most. But Gallucci says changing demographics and preferences in the region require more transportation choices.
GALLUCCI: “Our planning efforts can’t be just about pavement and the automobile.”
She points to study by the Public Interest Research Group showing miles traveled by car per capita has declined in each of the last 8 years. And the average number of miles driven by people between 18 and 34 dropped 23 percent during a similar period. At the same time, young people are increasingly drawn toward a reviving urban core, and that calls for more investment in mass transit and other alternatives to the car.
GALLUCCI: “We are working toward a greater sense of balance in the region. and being responsive to the upcoming generations is important to us. It’s about attracting and retaining our best and brightest by enhancing the livability of our communities and our region.”
Gallucci made her remarks at NOACA’s annual meeting Friday.
Bill Rice, 90.3.
Energy, Government/Politics, Transportation
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