October 25, 2016                                                                     Volume 6, Issue 8
Take NOACA online transportation survey - ends this week
 
If you have not yet taken NOACA's online transportation survey, act now! Express your choices and ideas regarding transportation projects and modes for the next 20 years in Northeast Ohio. The survey challenges you to identify your priorities for the region's transportation system while balancing the reality of limited funding resources. You can take the survey at any time through Sunday, October 30, 2016. NOACA will use input from the survey to help shape the region's long-range transportation plan.
 
Apply for NOACA Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative and Technical Assistance grants  

NOACA is now accepting applications for its 2017 Transportation for Livable Communities (TLCI) and Technical Assistance programs. The TLCI provides funding support for studies and transportation improvements that strengthen community livability and quality of life. The Technical Assistance Program offers NOACA staff planning and engineering expertise to communities to address planning, safety or traffic operations issues. NOACA seeks applications for:
The application deadline is Friday, December 14, 2016, at 5 p.m.

TLCI workshop scheduled: NOACA will host a TLCI grant application workshop for interested applicants on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at NOACA's office. Participants will learn how the TLCI program works, how to complete a grant application, and what NOACA expects from planning and implementation projects. Attendees can also receive feedback on in-progress applications from NOACA staff.

NOACA 2016 Annual Meeting highlights planning for healthy communities
 
On October 6, 2016, NOACA held its Annual Meeting, "How Transportation Makes Healthy Communities," at the Downtown Cleveland Hilton.
Keynote speaker Mark Fenton, a public
Mark Fenton 
health, planning and transportation expert, energized the crowd by explaining how to make communities more walkable, bike-friendly and easy to get around in. He described some active transportation demonstration projects that communities can implement to increase physical activity for their residents.

"How you design a community actually influences whether someone walks, rides a bike or takes transit-and gets physical activity as part of their daily life," Fenton told the 200 guests. "This can lead to lower health care costs and entice people and business to locate to that community."

Fenton's presentation is posted on NOACA's website.
 
Voinovich and LaTourette honored as 2016 NOACA Ehrnfelt Award recipients

At the Annual Meeting, NOACA presented its 2016 Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Regional Contribution posthumously to former State Senator George V. Voinovich and former
George V. Voinovich and Steve LaTourette 
  Ohio Congressman Steven C. LaTourette. The annual Ehrnfelt Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly toward the betterment of the NOACA region by exhibiting leadership, dedication and accomplishment, traits exhibited by the late Strongsville Mayor Walter F. Ehrnfelt throughout his public career.

Both Voinovich and LaTourette were dedicated public servants who worked to fund and implement transportation infrastructure in Northeast Ohio. Voinovich championed the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge replacement project and was honored by the new bridges being named for him. LaTourette served for many years on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and worked diligently to channel highway dollars to Northeast Ohio projects.

NOACA 2016 annual report highlights regional firsts
 
NOACA's 2016 annual report, Bringing the Vision to Life, was distributed at the Annual Meeting. The report describes how NOACA is integrating the vision and goals of its Regional Strategic Plan into the work of the agency and summarizes the past year's accomplishments, including several "firsts:"
  • Completing the nation's first metropolitan planning organization-level transportation asset management plan
  • Participating in a first-of-its-kind transportation leadership academy for metropolitan regions beginning to use performance measures
  • Hosting the Ohio Conference on Freight for the first time in Northeast Ohio
  • Selecting the region's first Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) implementation grant recipients under an expanded TLCI program
Read about these and other notable accomplishments in the report, which is posted on the NOACA website.
 
KeyBank, University Hospitals earn 2016 Commuter Choice Challenge Gold Awards
 
Congratulations to KeyBank and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, recipients of 2016 Gold Commuter Choice Challenge Awards for supporting environmentally friendly forms of transportation for their employees. These transportation
2016 Commuter Choice Challenge Award recipients receive their plaques at the Sustainable Cleveland Summit. 
modes include transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting.

This is the first year that KeyBank has earned a Gold rating. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, a Silver rating recipient in 2015, stepped up efforts to earn the Gold rating this year. In 2016, University Hospitals became the title sponsor for the City of Cleveland's bikesharing program and now offer financial incentives for abating employee health premiums, efforts that helped the organization achieve Gold level status.

"Congratulations to KeyBank and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for earning Gold ratings and proving that they are top organizations in Northeast Ohio for supporting sustainable commute modes. We urge employers to take note of what these organizations are doing and follow their example," said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. The complete list of Commuter Choice Challenge award recipients is posted on NOACA's website.
 
New Cuyahoga County bike map available
 
How can you best navigate through Cuyahoga County by bicycle? Check out NOACA's new Cuyahoga County bike map, now available online and in print. The map is color-coded to show various bicycle facilities, including bike routes, lanes, buffered bike lanes, lanes with sharrows, paved traiIs and mountain bike trails. Local points of interest, bicycle shop locations and tips for sharing the road with vehicular traffic are also shown on the map.

The maps are printed on sturdy, waterproof paper and are available for free at local bicycle shops, Cleveland libraries, Cleveland Metroparks facilities, Destination Cleveland and NOACA's office. NOACA plans to publish two additional county bike maps by the end of June.
 
NOACA to present Transportation Asset Management best practices at webinar
 
Register now for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) webinar, Let's Talk Performance: Asset Management, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (EDT). The webinar will focus on asset management: FHWA will provide an overview of available resources to develop Transportation Asset Management Plans (TAMPs), and NOACA and the Ohio Department of Transportation will showcase noteworthy practices on how their TAMPs were developed.

FHWA's Let's Talk Performance Webinar Series is a recurring series that aims to:
  • Promote important topics in transportation performance management
  • Present unique perspectives from a variety of stakeholders
  • Provide a forum for collaboration with fellow practitioners
  
Contact:
Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414, ext. 100

Website: www.noaca.org