OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS - 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
** MEETING NOTICE ONLY **
Notice of Regularly Scheduled TRAC Meeting
COLUMBUS – Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) will convene its first meeting of 2009 on Thursday, February 19, at 10:00 a.m., at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Central Office in Columbus.
This will be the first TRAC meeting for Jolene M. Molitoris, who was named ODOT director by Governor Ted Strickland last month. Ms. Molitoris will serve as the chair of TRAC.
WHAT: Regularly Scheduled TRAC Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 2009
WHERE: ODOT Central Office
1980 W. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Last year, the TRAC debated, voted, and approved new scoring criteria to more evenly measure projects of various modes. New highways, passenger rail, transit, and freight projects all have a level playing field to compete for state dollars. In the future, the TRAC will also score projects using a benefit/cost ratio, added to measure the full public benefit of the project, not just how many cars are moved from point A to B. A new environmental category gauges air quality impacts of a project and a “beefed up” economic development category scores whether projects reclaim brownfields and improve access to job centers and job ready sites. The scoring also emphasizes the need for land use planning and “Smart Growth” strategies, and rewards communities who partner with state on investments in transportation.
For more information, contact Scott Varner (ODOT Central Office Communications) at 614-644-8640.