News Review
NOACA Board approves over $2 million to improve livability
Posted Date: 4/10/2018 8:00 AM

CLEVELAND (Tuesday, April 10, 2018) – At its meeting on March 9, the Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) approved funding for over $2 million for planning and implementation of projects aimed at improving livability and providing people with safe and reliable transportation choices that enhance their quality of life.

NOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) provides assistance to communities and public agencies for the planning and implementation of transportation improvements.

Since 2006, the initiative has provided over $13 million in support to explore innovative concepts to strengthen community livability including sustainable development, multimodal transportation, and complete and green streets.  The initiative also includes funding for the implementation of low-cost improvements which were previously recommended in other plans or studies.

“We are so proud of this initiative and these investments,” said Grace Gallucci, NOACA Executive Director.  “No other program in Northeast Ohio is doing what we’re doing by investing in our communities’ transportation infrastructure with real dollars.  These transformative projects aim to make Northeast Ohio a better place to live and work, attract new business and simply provide people more choices for getting around!” 

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A snapshot from the City of Cleveland's East 79th Street Corridor Study, a 2015 TLCI study.

This year, NOACA received 31 applications totaling $6.6 million in requested funding. All applications were evaluated based on their ability to improve transportation choices, enhance communities, support economic development, and more. The list of awardees is below. For more information on the initiative, visit www.noaca.org/TLCI.

TLCI planning awards totaling $419,000 include:
Avon’s Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School Plan
Cleveland’s Vision for the Valley
Cleveland Heights’ Mayfield Road Study Extension
Maple Heights’ Southgate Connectivity Study
Painesville’s Complete Street and Connectivity Plan
Willowick’s Lakefront Connectivity and Downtown Redevelopment Plan

TLCI implementation awards totaling $1,638,200 include:
Cleveland’s Lorain Avenue Road Diet (between West 117th and West 65th Streets)
Cuyahoga County’s Cleveland Bike Share
Elyria’s Downtown Elyria Revitalization and Connectivity Plan (Phase 3)
Fairview Park’s Center Ridge Road Complete Streets Improvements
North Royalton’s Bennett Road Multi-Use Trail Extension
Painesville’s North Park Place Transportation and Streetscape Enhancements 
Parma Heights’ Pearl Road Complete and Green Streets Initiative (Phase 2)
Rocky River’s Detroit Road Pedestrian Improvements

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio. To learn more about NOACA, visit www.noaca.org

Media Contact: Jocelynn Clemings, Communications and Public Engagement Manager, 
216-241-2414, ext. 253 or jclemings@mpo.noaca.org