Technical Assistance Program

The Technical Assistance Program (TA Program) provides assistance to eligible MORPC members for community-based planning services that help to advance regional goals and specific strategies identified in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The TA Program awards technical assistance services through a competitive application process. Only MORPC members within the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) area are eligible.

2022 Technical Assistance Program

The 2022 Technical Assistance Program awards include:

  • Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks – Scioto Trail Southern Extension
  • City of Columbus – Downtown and Near-East Side Trail Access and Connectivity
  • City of Dublin – Regional Trail Network Connectivity
  • City of Sunbury – Ohio to Erie Trail Access and Connectivity

Descriptions about each service award can be found in the drop-down box below. For more information about the 2022 Technical Assistance Program, please review the updated Program Guide here.

2022 Technical Assistance Program Award Descriptions

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks – Scioto Trail Southern Extension
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks (Metro Parks) has been awarded technical assistance to refine the alignment of a proposed trail segment that will extend the Scioto Trail from the Scioto Audubon Metro Park to Heer Park in South Columbus. This trail segment will remove a gap in the Central Ohio Greenways regional network and provide access to safe active transportation routes to an underserved part of the Central Ohio community, including access to the City’s downtown core. MORPC will work closely with Metro Parks staff to evaluate potential trail alignments and assist in facilitating dialog and discussion among all relevant stakeholders.

City of Columbus – Downtown and Near-East Side Trail Access and Connectivity
The City of Columbus has been awarded technical assistance to identify potential opportunities for new and/or improved trail connections and access between and within Downtown and the Near-East Side. This will include assessment of the existing Downtown Connector/I-670 Trail, as well as integration of the planned improvements to Mt. Vernon Avenue in the King-Lincoln/Bronzeville Neighborhood, the Downtown Strategic Plan Update, and the LinkUS East-West Corridor initiative. MORPC will work closely with City of Columbus staff to evaluate the potential opportunities and develop strategies to implement recommended improvements.

City of Dublin – Regional Trail Network Connectivity
The City of Dublin has been awarded technical assistance to facilitate collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions to develop an implementation strategy for cross-jurisdictional trail and shared-use path connections. While the shared-use path system is extensive, it can be challenging to safely access by foot and bike from neighboring jurisdictions. MORPC will work closely with City of Dublin staff to coordinate the planning and development of an implementation strategy for cross-jurisdictional trail connections between the City of Dublin and the Cities of Columbus, Worthington, and Hilliard.

City of Sunbury – Ohio to Erie Trail Access and Connectivity
The City of Sunbury has been awarded technical assistance to strategize on filling gaps in the Ohio to Erie Trail and improve general access to the trail for the community. MORPC will work closely with City of Sunbury staff and stakeholders to assess the existing conditions for walking and bicycling to and from the trail, identify potential opportunities for improvements, and develop an implementation strategy to guide the community forward in making the recommended improvements.

Past Technical Assistance Services

See the fact sheets provided below for more information about services previously provided through the MORPC Technical Assistance Program.

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