A task force of the Ohio Department of Transportation continues to collect public input into transportation issues relating to the movement of people and freight.
The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force has three public meetings this week and two additional meetings before the end of the month. OOIDA recently sent an information update to its Ohio members urging them to get involved.
One OOIDA member, Scott Grenerth of Arlington, OH, has established an online group to collect input from other members and truckers who may not be able to attend the meetings.
“The idea is strength in numbers, and I know some people are timid about speaking at meetings like this,” Grenerth told Land Line on Friday, June 6. “I want to see us get organized at the state level.”
Upcoming meeting schedules are listed below. All meetings are scheduled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 10, Nitschke Hall, University of Toledo, in Toledo;
- Wednesday, June 11, Ohio University Eastern Campus, Shannon Hall, 45425 National Road, in St. Clairsville;
- Thursday, June 12, Ohio Building at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17th Ave., in Columbus;
- Tuesday, June 17, Joseph E. Cole Center, Cleveland State University, 3100 Chester Ave., in Cleveland; and
- Monday, June 23, John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., in Akron.
According to the Ohio DOT, the 55-member task force is composed of people from the government and private sectors.
Its mission is to “prioritize how the state balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion, creates jobs and encourages responsible growth, helps to build sustainable communities, and links all modes of transportation – connecting highways to rail, aviation, water ports, and transit.”
For more information on the task force, visit its Web site by clicking here.
If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, you have options for submitting comments. You can file your comments directly to the task force by clicking here, or you can visit Grenerth’s online discussion group to find out what other truckers and OOIDA members are saying by clicking here.
– By David Tanner, staff writer