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.
As energy prices remain high and our state’s economy continues to sag, Ohio needs clean, green, and economically viable transportation options more than ever. Our state is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and the transportation sector produces about one-third of this pollution. Forced reliance on the automobile puts greater financial stress on Ohio families, increases oil dependence, damages the environment, harms public health, and limits the mobility of citizens, particularly seniors, students, the disadvantaged, and the disabled. Meanwhile, Ohio spends less than 1% of its transportation dollars on public transit. Visit our Transportation Committee page to learn more about our efforts and how to get involved.
Transportation - Latest News
February 17th, 2011
Our transportation system is built with our tax dollars, and it has us addicted to oil, leaving too many Americans without safe, convenient, and affordable transportation choices like safe walking, biking, and public transit.
February 17th, 2011
The State and National Scenic Little Miami River is in danger from a major new highway that could eventually become an extension of Interstate 74. The proposed Eastern Corridor Highway would extend from I-71 near Fairfax to I-275 in western Clermont County and include an interstate-ready new bridge in an ecologically threatened area of the river. Read More
October 20th, 2010
The Ohio Department of Transportation is hosting interactive workshops to gather ideas for Ohio’s public transportation future. The first workshop will be on Monday October 25 at 5:30pm in Columbus. Other workshops include Cincinnati-Oct. 26, Bowling Green-Oct. 27, Portsmouth-Oct. 28, Cleveland-Nov. 3, Youngstown-Nov. 4, Cambridge-Nov. 9, and Athens-Nov. 10 all starting at 5:30pm. Read More
October 18th, 2010
Rock the Rails Ohio
Join us for Rock the Rails, a free concert and rally to bring passenger rail to Ohio on Saturday, October 23 in Columbus. This event is hosted by the Sierra Club and Environmental Law & Policy Center. Featuring performances by Jen Miller, Josh Krajcik, Billy 2 Shoes and Eric Nassau & Friends, Rock the Rails offers a forum to support passenger rail.
The Ohio Sierra Club, in partnership with the American Security Project, released a report, “Ending Our Dependence on Oil” later this week that examined the link between global climate change and our nation’s security. Right now, the BP oil spill – the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history – continues to unfold in the Gulf Coast with no end in sight. This catastrophe is the epitome of what’s wrong with our national energy policy and a clarion call for taking action now to cut our oil dependence. Read More