Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
Voters Saved Southern Portion of Proposed 3-C Passenger Rail in Ohio
November 6th, 2009
Election Day 2009 means full steam ahead for proponents of rail transit nationally and in the Buckeye State. Nationally, rail supporters won the day over opponents of expanded rail transit in several cities. In Cincinnati, voters defeated a ballot initiative which could have stalled plans for the southern portion of the proposed 3C-D passenger rail system in Ohio.
Opponents of a proposed streetcar system put a ballot initiative forward that would have changed the city’s charter to require a vote before any funds could be expended on any passenger rail projects, including acquisition of needed right of way. Citizens for Progress organized the opposition to the initiative (Issue 9) and successfully knit together a coalition of community and business organizations to reject the initiative. The Sierra Club was a partner in the coalition with grassroots support from the Miami Group of the Ohio Chapter. Issue 9 failed with 56 percent of the voters saying “No.” Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, a strong advocate of rail transit, was also re-elected.
Statewide, the decision is good news for the 3C-D proposal which would bring passenger rail into a temporary station on Cincinnati’s east side, with long-term plans to extend service into the city’s Art Deco landmark Union Terminal.