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Ohio Conference on Freight-registration now available
Clean Ohio Application dates-
ARRA Water and Sewer Projects
New Passenger
Rail Group
Joint SEMCOG / TMACOG Transportation Council Meeting
Transportation Enhancements
ITS moving forward
CPESC Toledo Exam dates-
Portage River Basin Council Meeting
Gas Cap Testing Schedule

August 2009
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Registration Now Available for 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight
Online registration is now up for the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight . Registration for the conference is $250 which includes all meals, workshops and plenary sessions, and reception. To register for the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight, log on to See the agenda at... more

Applications for Clean Ohio Grants Due November 20
The Ohio legislature has approved $1.35 million for another round of applications for projects that protect open space in Lucas County. An informational meeting for potential applicants will be September 11 at TMACOG offices and applications are due November 20. NRAC will meet to review applications December 14...more

Water and Sewer Projects Funded in the Region
The final OEPA “Intended Use Plans” are out for federal dollars through the State Revolving Fund programs. There will be some changes to this list depending on which jurisdiction are most prepared to proceed. Following is a list for sewers, and a shorter list for drinking water projects. Five counties in northwest Ohio received...more

New Passenger Rail Group Formed
The Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA) is a new group recently formed by local leaders to help push forward several initiatives in the region. TMACOG facilitated formation of the group and is supporting it.

This consortium is actually a re-constitution of a group with a similar mission organized by Ohio State Representative Sally Perz in the 1990s...more


Joint meeting of TMACOG and SEMCOG Transportation Departments
The transportation planning departments of TMACOG and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), work together throughout the year on transportation projects which cross state boundaries. Annually, the departments have a formal joint meeting to maintain good communication and ensure cooperation. The June 24 joint meeting at Cabela’s in Dundee covered a wide range of topics...more

Transportation Enhancements Funded
In May, the TMACOG Executive Committee passed a resolution adding new projects to the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) pipeline. The new projects are committed for funding...more

Intelligent Transportation System will be Designed
ODOT has hired a consultant to design a Toledo area freeway management system. This Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project would tie together existing communications technologies - and add some new pieces - to get accurate information to drivers in real time. Details include cameras and detectors in urbanized areas to monitor the expressways for crashes and other traffic backups.  Emergency responders and the public will be alerted through video images, changeable message signs, and Highway Advisory Radio.

In July, TMACOG hosted a meeting of public stakeholders at which ODOT reviewed the design approach and the proposed operation of the completed system. Also discussed was how it could affect local governments and responders, including the possible need for interagency agreements. Construction is funded at $15.8 million for fiscal year 2011.  

Contact Diane Reamer-Evans for more information. See a description of the Toledo area ITS plan here


CPESC Certification Exam

The deadline for registration for the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) exam is August 10, 2009. The exam will be given Thursday, August 20 at the Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo in Maumee. To be qualified to sit for the exam...more

Portage River Basin Council Meeting – Report on Oil Spill
Initial reports to the U.S. EPA of an oil spill in the Portage River watershed February 18, 2009 indicated a 40- to 50-barrel spill. Within hours, the estimate was raised to 600 barrels and the final estimate from the facility is 1650 barrels of crude oil lost....more


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Specialized Transportation Funds Authorized
ODOT manages a program that helps non-profit agencies serving the elderly or people with handicaps to purchase transportation equipment. TMACOG helps local agencies apply for these funds. Recent grants were announced in June. In Lucas County, Bittersweet Inc. was a recipient. For the complete report click here.

Details on TMACOG’s Specialized Transportation program are at


Summer Gas Cap Testing Program
A leaking or missing gas cap adds to air pollution, and may cost a driver up to two tanks of gas a year. Older cars are more likely to have leaky caps, but any car could have a problem. To test your gas cap, drive in to one of the 2009 testing sites. The compression test only takes a few seconds. Most leaky or missing caps can be replaced for free on the spot. To see the schedule and learn more about air quality, check this link:

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