CLEVELAND (Monday, May 1, 2017) – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) was recently recognized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for its outstanding work in meeting—and exceeding—federal guidance for improving the transportation planning process in Greater Cleveland.
FHWA and FTA issued a joint report that included four (4) commendations that highlight noteworthy practices that NOACA follows.
“We are very pleased with the results of federal government’s review of our agency,” said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. “It truly speaks to the hard work of our Board, our staff, and our leadership. I am very excited and pleased about the progress we’ve made and our continuing efforts to improve the way we conduct our planning.”
Commendations were received for:
- Reorganizing NOACA’s Board and committee structure;
- Integrating FHWA’s INVEST tool to evaluate transportation safety in the region;
- Implementing an FHWA program to reduce congestion and crashes; and
- Revising how NOACA prepares and presents planning products and document to make them more reader friendly and easily accessible.
The report from the federal government also noted recommendations that encouraged NOACA to continue to pay close attention to rapidly changing federal regulations and focus on transit planning in future development of congestion management plans. The report also suggested that ODOT work with NOACA and local governments to encourage them to take advantage of a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the transportation planning process.
The federal government reviews NOACA’s transportation planning processes and products every four years and issues a follow-up report. The report can include commendations of noteworthy practices, recommendations to enhance the overall transportation planning process, and/or findings of needed improvements. NOACA did not receive any findings of needed improvements in this report.
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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.