Public Invited to Review Draft Objectives and Targets for 2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

    October 16, 2018

    In order to determine future transportation needs, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is developing the 2020-2050 Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The 2020-2050 MTP is for the MORPC transportation planning area, including Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County and Jerome Township in Union County. The MTP will include highway, pedestrian, bikeway, and public transportation facilities including improvements identified by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATABus).  Federal funding may be sought in the future for projects included in the MTP.  The MTP will consider effects upon low-income and minority residents and will include an air quality conformity analysis.   The plan is for horizon year 2050.

    In September, the following Goals were adopted and used as the foundation for drafting measureable objectives with targets to gauge the progress in achieving the goals of the MTP:

    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

    The following draft Objectives were developed that reflect tangible, measurable ways the goals of the MTP can be achieved.  Short and long term targets were assigned to the objectives to help focus the transportation planning efforts. Progress on each objective will be tracked and reported annually.  The draft objectives, benchmarks and targets can be viewed on our website at www.morpc.org/MTP2050 or a copy can be requested by calling 614-233-4157.

     

    Goals – Through transportation: Objectives
    Reduce per capita energy consumption and promote alternative fuel resources to increase affordability and resilience of regional energy supplies. -Reduce percentage of commuters driving alone, and increase percentage of commuters riding transit, bicycle, or walking.

    -Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita.

    -Increase the percentage of vehicles using alternative fuels.

    -Increase the number of alternative fuel stations.

    Protect natural resources and mitigate infrastructure vulnerabilities to maintain a healthy ecosystem and community. -Reduce emissions from mobile sources to continuously meet EPA air quality standards for each criteria pollutant.

    -Decrease the locations of freeway and expressway facilities that are at risk for flooding.

    Position central Ohio to attract and retain economic opportunity to prosper as a region and compete globally. -Increase the average number of jobs reachable within 20 minutes via automobile and within 40 minutes via transit.

    -Minimize the percentage of total vehicle miles traveled under congested conditions.

    -Minimize the amount of extra, buffer, travel time necessary when planning expected trip travel time.

    Create sustainable neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life. -Encourage and support MORPC member communities to adopt complete streets policies or policies that contain those elements.

    -Increase the amount of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

    -Target infrastructure development to serve a higher number of people and jobs.

    -Increase the number of bike/pedestrian miles traveled on COG trails annually.

    Increase regional collaboration and employ innovative transportation solutions to maximize the return on public expenditures. – Increase the percentage of funding from non-public sources on transportation projects on functionally classified Principal Arterials and above.

    – Increase the number of projects utilizing innovative initiatives on functionally classified Principal Arterials and above.

    – Increase the percentage of functionally classified Principal Arterials and above facilities employing coordinated Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies, and increase the percentage of all facilities that incorporate digital infrastructure.

    – Increase the number of transit vehicles and facilities with surveillance capabilities and increase the miles of functionally classified Principal Arterials and above facilities with video surveillance.

    -Encourage and support MORPC member communities to adopt Smart Streets policies or policies that contact those elements.

    Use public investments to benefit the health, safety, and welfare of people. – Minimize the difference in trip travel time for disadvantaged populations relative to the regional trip travel time.

    – Maintain infrastructure in a state of good repair by minimizing the percentage of bridges and pavement in poor condition and maintaining transit fleet of a useful life.

    – Reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries from crashes.

    Submit comments to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Attn: MTP, before 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2018 or by email to mtp@morpc.org.

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