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Nelson/Nygaard's big reveal for University Circle: "(Y)our mission is not parking"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/29/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

By now, you've probably heard that University Circle is doing a transportation study. Formally, it’s called the Moving Greater University Circle Transportation & Mobility Study. But, what is it? And how exactly could it help make University Circle a more inviting place to walk, bike, take transit, or drive? We spoke to David Fields, Principal of Nelson/Nygaard, the planning firm that...

Share alike<br />Bike share in University Circle adds to the mobility optionsRapid improvements<br />The new University-Cedar Rapid station

Back to the carbon age: Ohio falls in ranking of state energy efficiency policies

David Beach  |  10/29/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

After a few years of progress, a new national ranking of state energy efficiency policies confirms that Ohio is now falling fast behind competing states.

Centralized power<br />Ohio has frozen progressive energy policies that were starting to move the state toward cleaner, more decentralized power sources, such as efficiency and renewables.

Cuyahoga County creates Department of Sustainability

David Beach  |  10/29/14 @ 11:00am

A new Department of Sustainability is being created within Cuyahoga County government. The county is joining other major institutions in Northeast Ohio – including the City of Cleveland, large companies, universities, and health care systems – to hire dedicated sustainability staff to think holistically about economic development and a healthy environment.

Cuyahoga County goes green<br />The new Cuyahoga County Administration Headquarters has numerous green building features, such as efficient lighting and a green roof. A new Department of Sustainability will help the county do much more to improve its environmental performance.

RTA's Joe Calabrese to Ohio "You're not subsidizing transit"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/28/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

We caught up with Joe Calabrese, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority GM/CEO, about the challenges and opportunities for Ohio’s largest public transit agency. We asked Calabrese to consider: What will make transit an essential part of daily life for more people in Greater Cleveland? What makes transit successful especially when major projects like Public Square and Opportunity Corridor are proposed? When will Congress and...

Moving minds<br />RTA GM/CEO Joe Calabrese (right) with Board Chair George Dixon.Upsizing transit<br />RTA, Cleveland and Cleveland State will double the capacity on a rebuilt Clifton Line which Calabrese calls BRT on a budget. Image: Jerry Masek and RTA.Millennials are on board<br />Calabrese says RTA's Waterfront Line led to Ernst & Young (pictured) reducing parking and gaining financing for their Flats office tower.BRT is big<br />Calabrese credits the HealthLine with at least one of the four billion dollars in development in the corridor.

Ohio's Transit Needs investigation comes to CLE

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

In 2013, The Ohio Legislature was asked to consider if its $7 million contribution to keep 61 transit systems and 115 million bus and train rides going every year was fair? The House asked ODOT to look at doing more. San Francisco firm Nelson Nygaard was brought in to study how and where the state could close the gap.

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