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APRIL 7

Three transformative plans are underway to develop the best transportation system in the world!  Become a part of the transportation conversation.  We want to understand your aspirations and priorities for our community.  Give us your thoughts, your vision, your ideas on how to make the transportation system for Central Ohio the best.

MORPC’s 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan   www.morpc.org
COTA’s NextGen  www.cota.com/nextgen
Connect Columbus www.columbus.gov/connectcolumbus

Connect Columbus

The City of Columbus is developing a multimodal thoroughfare plan entitled “Connect Columbus” to improve safety; reduce congestion; assist children and the elderly; and promote economic development, fitness and environmental responsibility. The Plan will define the future of transportation in Columbus.

Vision, Goals, and Objectives:  Connect Columbus will gauge the priorities and preferences of Columbus residents for the transportation system, including outreach all across the city. Utilize previous community transportation visions from area plans as foundational material to establish the new vision.

Components of the Plan:  Connect Columbus will develop summary of best practices for a Complete Streets Guidelines document and analyze major motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian generators and attractors in the region. In addition, it will assess high crash/risk areas, the context/character of roadways, areas for economic improvement and future transit system needs.

Public Involvement and Education:  A detailed, inclusive public involvement plan will outline outreach and education to convey the various components of the plan and provide a schedule on seeking input and providing results.  www.columbus.gov/ConnectColumbus

NextGen

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is undertaking a long-range planning effort, entitled “NextGen”, to identify public transportation needs and opportunities for the next 35 years.  

Vision, Goals, and Objectives: NextGen will lead the community in envisioning what our public transportation system needs to accomplish  

in the coming decades to ensure Central Ohioans have access to jobs, housing, education and services. Ensure public transportation projects and policies are consistent with and supportive of regional plans and goals, including maintaining regional competitiveness, minimizing sprawl and accommodating shifting demographic preferences.

Components of the Plan: NextGen will create transit investment options to support local and regional efforts to develop transit-oriented and multimodal, walkable communities. It will identify potential revenue sources, both conventional and creative, to support the recommended plan.

Public Involvement and Education: Public meetings will be held during each of the three project phases. An interactive website will provide opportunities for the public to respond to surveys and submit comments. www.cota.com/nextgen

2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Columbus planning area, MORPC conducts a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process every 4 years that looks at 

least 20 years into the future.  The results of the process produce a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the region.  The current MTP planning area includes: Franklin and Delaware counties, the City of Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County, and the townships of Violet and Bloom in Fairfield County. 

Vision, Goals, and Objectives:The MTP is developed around a set of broad goals that give direction to making regionally based investments in the transportation system.  These goals also acknowledge that to preserve existing transportation investments, consideration must be given to how the region develops and to availability of travel options. The six goals for the MTP are:

Through transportation:

  • Reduce per capita energy consumption and promote alternative fuel resources to increase affordability and resilience of regional energy supplies
  • Protect natural resources and mitigate infrastructure vulnerabilities to maintain a healthy ecosystem and community
  • Position Central Ohio to attract and retain economic opportunity to prosper as a region and compete globally
  • Create sustainable neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life
  • Increase regional collaboration and employ innovative transportation solutions to maximize the return on public expenditures
  • Use public investments to benefit the health, safety, and welfare of people

Components of the Plan:The MTP is a long-range planning document that brings together local governments from around Central Ohio and other local, state and federal agencies to identify transportation needs and coordinate transportation projects and policies over the next two decades.

The MTP identifies transportation deficiencies, strategies and projects.  It provides the basis for how federal transportation funding is spent to improve highways, transit, freight, bikeways and pedestrian facilities.  The four-year cycle allows the MTP strategies and projects to account for current and continually changing conditions.

Public Involvement and Education: A public involvement plan drives the outreach and education component of the MTP.  The plan includes information presented on the web, social media, public meetings and presentations to civic and neighborhood groups and businesses.  Comments are requested and are considered in the development of the plan.