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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223

http://www.dot.state.oh.us

Ohio’s “Transportation Conversation” targets Northwest Ohio’s Needs

Ohio motorists and businesses examine inter-modal transportation 

(Bowling Green) June 5, 2008 – The conversation over Ohio’s transportation future is set to grow even louder in the coming weeks at a series of regional meetings of the Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force.  Over the past several weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have submitted ideas and opinions to the task force online at TransportationForTomorrow.ohio.gov. A popular topic has been the impact of recent prices for gasoline and diesel fuel. 

To gather more public input and information about Ohio’s diverse transportation needs, the task force is hosting a series of open meetings across the state.  In addition to learning more about the task force, Ohioans will be able to share their vision of the type of transportation system they believe Ohio needs for the 21st Century. 

In Northwest Ohio, you are invited to share your input on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, from 4pm until 8pm at the University of Toledo’s Nitschke Hall.  Persons requiring accommodations for disabilities should contact Theresa Pollick at 419-373-4428.   Representatives from Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force and ODOT will be on hand to discuss the future of transportation in Northwest Ohio.  The Meeting format includes presentations from transportation experts from 4pm-5pm, an open house discussion from 5pm-6pm.  From 6pm-8pm the Task Force will receive comments.  Participants can fill out a survey at the meeting or online.    

Launched in April, the Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force will envision Ohio’s future transportation system - determining how the state can best balance the movement of people and freight, create jobs and generate economic development, and link all modes of transportation by connecting highways to rail, aviation, water ports, transit, bike paths and walkways.  The task force, comprised of experts from both private and governmental sectors, is also examining the fairest ways to finance Ohio’s future transportation system.

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For more information contact Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640

or Theresa Pollick, District Two Communications Office, at 419-373-4428

Additional information can also be found at http://TransportationForTomorrow.ohio.gov