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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

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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Ohio by the numbers: anatomy of a highway state

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/20/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A lot of assumptions are made about why Cleveland doesn’t move like a green city. Why are low-carbon forms of transportation, i.e. a network of bike lanes and a modern, efficient transit system not being built? It’s not as though demand isn’t going up. RTA has charted three straight years of growth in ridership and bike riding is on the...

<br />Cheap gas in Ohio's Wayne County. Image: GC Creative Studio<br />Images: From Streetsblog<br /><br />

Green ideas help CLE make national list of innovative cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland is at an interesting point in its re-development as a city. Downtown appears to be in hyperdrive—with near-zero vacancy in living space and a continued push to build big projects. The Republican Party in 2016 is setting an artificial deadline to “finish” downtown, but their arrival seems vastly less important in the modern Cleveland narrative than another date—2019—the 50th...

On the road to recovery?<br />Cleveland and Lake Erie seen from the east side's lakefront. Image: GC Creative Studio.

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