December 12, 2016                                                                    Volume 6, Issue 10
Share your views on transportation planning at a public meeting
 
Are you interested in how transportation improvement projects are planned and developed? Would like to better understand NOACA's role in transportation planning for this region? Do you have ideas about how Northeast Ohio's transportation projects and programs should be prioritized?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invite you to express your opinions about the transportation planning process at a public meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 5-6 p.m. The meeting will be held at NOACA's office, 1299 Superior Avenue in Cleveland.

The meeting is part of a review that will assess compliance with federal regulations pertaining to the planning process conducted by NOACA, the Ohio Department of Transportation and public transit operators. This comprehensive review process occurs every four years and can result in recommendations or commendations regarding the metropolitan planning process.

Persons with disabilities who would like to attend the meeting and need special assistance should contact NOACA in advance by calling (216) 241-2414 or emailing, noaca@mpo.noaca.org.
We look forward to seeing you on December 14.

 
FINAL reminder: apply for 2017 TLCI planning and implementation grants, NOACA technical assistance    

Applications for NOACA's 2017 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative planning and implementation grants, and Technical Assistance program are due this Wednesday, December 14 at 12 noon. You can access application forms for all three programs on NOACA's website. If you have any questions or concerns about the applications, please contact Ryan Noles, 216-241-2414, ext. 273, or email him rnoles@mpo.noaca.org.
 
NOACA Board of Directors meets December 16

NOACA's Board of Directors will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 9 a.m. At the meeting, members will consider approving three projects recommended for 2016 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) implementation grants. The projects can be funded this year thanks to a $500,000 increase in available funding from the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. NOACA's TLCI offers assistance to communities for integrated transportation and land-use planning that strengthens community livability. Implementation grants help communities move forward with the development and installation of transportation infrastructure derived from recommendations in completed TLCI studies .
 
At the December 16 meeting, the Board will also consider approving:
  • A policy applying Toll Credits, which have been allocated to NOACA by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), towards TLCI Planning Grant projects.
  • The 2017 Legislative Agenda
  • An updated Public Participation Plan
  • Long-Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program amendments for the 2nd quarter of State Fiscal Year 2017.
The public is welcome to attend all NOACA Board of Directors and committee meetings.
  
Take a survey about accessing and using Cleveland's lakefront     

The Green Ribbon Coalition (GRC), an advocacy organization that envisions an accessible, connected "ribbon" of parks, trails, and nature preserves along the Lake Erie waterfront, invites you to take a survey regarding the lakefront. The survey is a tool to determine how Northeast Ohio residents view, engage and interact with the lakefront, and the results will help GRC orient their future advocacy initiatives.

To help GRC collect relevant and meaningful input, encourage family, friends and associates that frequent the lakefront to also take the survey. Learn more about Green Ribbon Coalition and its mission by visiting the website, www.greenribbonlakefront.org.
 
Weigh in on proposed transportation improvements

NOACA welcomes public review and comment on all of its federally funded programs and projects. For the next three months, descriptions of  two Cuyahoga County road projects and a Willoughby Hills bridge project will be available on the website for public review and comment. At its March 10, 2017 meeting, the NOACA Board of Directors will consider adding these projects to the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program, moving them one step closer to receiving federal funding.
 
   
Contact:
Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414, ext. 100

Website: www.noaca.org