Rural Counties in Central Ohio Nearing Completion of Transportation Plan

June 5, 2018

MORPC’s partnership with seven counties in the nonmetropolitan areas of the region to provide transportation planning products and services is coming to fruition.  The Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO) is nearly complete with the development of a regional, long-range transportation plan that reflects the transportation needs of these counties.

Because of its experience in transportation planning, MORPC has been working with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and officials in Fairfield, Knox, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties to provide transportation planning products and services through the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO). Much like the rest of the region, these counties  envision a transportation system that is connected, safe, well maintained, accessible to all users, environmentally sustainable and supportive of economic vitality.

CORPO is currently considered a rural planning organization. After the completion and submission of its long-range transportation plan that includes a list of transportation projects to ODOT, CORPO will become a rural transportation planning organization (RTPO). When RTPO status is granted, MORPC will assist both ODOT and the CORPO counties with statewide planning, including the development of a short-range transportation improvement program (TIP) and the coordination of transportation planning with other planning areas.

The plan identifies population and land use changes, transportation goals, needs, as well as long- and short-range strategies for an integrated, multi-modal transportation system in the CORPO transportation planning area. It also identifies highway, bikeway, pedestrian, safety, freight and public transportation components. Specifically, the draft plan discusses:

Population and land use by 2040

Population and employment projections through 2040.

Roadway projects

Identified transportation projects and studies including those that will expand the roadway system to ease congestion and improve safety.

Freight

With I-70, I-71, the Rickenbacker Airport and Intermodal Yard and other facilities, Central Ohio is a major hub in the freight industry.  The roadway system improvements and targeted intermodal improvements will enable goods to move through the area efficiently and effectively.

Bikeway and pedestrian facilities

An increased interest and need has been identified in making communities more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.  The plan identifies strategies and includes bike and pedestrian projects focused on expanding accessibility and active transportation options. 

Safety

Strategies to improve safety are discussed in this plan.  These include roadway, pedestrian, and bicycle projects aimed at reducing crashes.  Safety data is also shared to determine which areas within CORPO experience higher numbers of incidents.

Public Transit

The need for more and improved public transit in Central Ohio’s rural areas including short- and long-term strategies are included in the plan.

Financial

A discussion on how identified improvements may be funded is included in the CORPO Plan.

The draft 2018-2040 CORPO Transportation Plan is available for public review and comment through June 15, 2018.

Any written comments should be submitted to Michael Borger, Senior Planner, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215 or by email to mborger@morpc.org.  Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on June 15, 2018.  A resolution adopting the 2018-2040 CORPO Transportation Plan will be submitted to the CORPO Committee on June 18.

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