Workstream: Connections - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends

The Connections work stream will work to guide the development of goals and policies for future infrastructure investments that will balance the needs of all transportation system users in the region. The Connections team will also seek to find ways to optimize access to each mode of transportation in order to connect people to jobs and destinations, move goods and freight, and lower transportation costs for users. In achieving these goals, the Connections work stream plan will help to foster the ideals of the other work streams such as reducing environmental impact and promoting vibrant, inter-connected communities and neighborhoods.

Finding: There is a lack of coordination and connectivity among the different jurisdictions responsible for installing, maintaining and managing Northeast Ohio’s transportation and transit systems.

Finding: The funds available for transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance are declining. Northeast Ohio is unlikely to see additional freeway or rail transit network development in the foreseeable future and will need to maintain the infrastructure it has in place.

Public entities at the local, state and federal levels that are responsible for infrastructure investment are facing long term constraints as a result of economic investment trends. Infrastructure cost increases have far outpaced resources from employment growth, per capita wage growth, and property value increases that are generated for capital investment.

Finding: Northeast Ohio has substantial road, rail and port infrastructure supporting freight transportation that is crucial to Northeast Ohio’s economy.

These infrastructure assets have the capacity to play an even greater role in supporting the region’s economy.

Finding: The spreading out of Northeast Ohio’s population and the greater distance between where people work and live have created challenges for providing transit service to Northeast Ohio commuters.

This has contributed to the growth in the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips.

Finding: Greater dependence on cars has placed a greater travel cost burden on many Northeast Ohio residents.

Greater automobile use also contributes to air pollution and increases the wear and tear on Northeast Ohio’s transportation infrastructure.