Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

 

Toledo Regional Core Circulator Study

Purpose
Exciting things are happening in and around downtown Toledo.The new 5/3 Field (home of the Mudhens), downtown condos, and the development of the Docks and Warehouse District, the Uptown area and north Toledo are adding to the assets at the regionís core and nearby attractions such as the Toledo Zoo and Toledo Museum of Art.To further strengthen these developments, the regionís transportation agencies, led by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) has begun an unprecedented study oftransportation in the downtown area.The purpose of the study is to develop a package of changes to the transportation system to support development and address a broad range of transportation issues, with an emphasis on the downtown Toledo area.The package is intended to:

  • Improve access to downtown for those travelling there for business or pleasure.
  • Provide expanded transportation options for those living and working downtown and in nearby neighborhoods.
  • Improve connectivity between downtown entertainment and tourist sites such as COSI, 5/3 Field, Seagate Convention Centre, the Docks, and the Warehouse District.
  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation in the downtown area, with an emphasis on providing amenities and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
Study Area
The study will focus on downtown Toledo, extending from I-75 southwest of the city Center to LaGrange Street, and from 14th Street to the east side of the river.The study area includes the Warehouse District, the Docks and the proposed International Park and Marina Developments east of the river.

 

What Will We Study?
The project team will look at the existing transportation system around the regionís core area and recent studies that have identified problems and recommended changes.The team will then work with stakeholders and members of the public to develop solutions to thoseproblems.These solutions might include:
 

  • Extending, modifying, or replacing the existing bus loop that operates around the core of downtown.
  • Creating pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly areas in and near downtown by providing amenities, including improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks, upgraded landscaping and development of bike lanes and paths.
  • Serving the downtown area, and connecting downtown to nearby attractions such as the zoo and museum of art, with a new historic streetcar, modern light rail or tram, trolley bus, or other new and exciting type of mass transit.
  • Developing a new automated guideway transit system that could whisk passengers to locations throughout the downtown area at the touch of a button, much like an elevator works within a building.
  • Improving the connection of downtown attractions on the east side of the Maumee River, possibly via the Cherry Street bridge, possibly on a new bridge, or using other means such as integrating water taxis or ferries into the public transit system.

 

Public Involvement Process
The study is being guided by a team of key area stakeholders.The team will be comprised of leaders in government, business and non-profit agencies, community leaders, and the local media.They will identify issues and potential solutions to provide better transportation service to the regional core area.

 The project team anticipates holding public open houses to establish issues and needs and to solicit opinions on alternatives that have been developed.The public open houses are preliminarily scheduled for early October 2002 and February 2003.If youíd like to be on our mailing list to receive information on these meetings call us or write to us.Phone, postal and e-mail contact information is listed below.

The Outcome: Better Transportation for the Regionís Core
The study team will work toward agreement among the regionís civic leaders, transportation officials and members of the public on a package of improvements to transportation in the regionís core.This package of improvements may be eligible for partial funding by the US Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Study Schedule
The study began in early July 2002 and is expected to be complete in 2003.

For More Information
Contact Name: Steve Herwat
Address: PO Box 9508
Toledo, OH 43697-9508
Phone: 419-241-9155 ext. 129