CLEVELAND (Friday, September 8, 2017) – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) held its Annual Meeting today in Downtown Cleveland. About 300 participants from across the region had the opportunity to hear about NOACA’s accomplishments over the past year as well as look to the future of transportation in Northeast Ohio.
Jim Simpson, a transportation and logistics expert provided the keynote address.
Simpson’s remarks focused on the logistics needed to take the politics out of transportation. How do we do that? According to Simpson, we must focus on improvements that make a difference in people’s lives, find creative solutions to challenges, spend money like it’s our own, and hold people accountable while valuing their input and leadership.
“Start planning today. A state of good repair is the most important thing communities can do. You have to take care of existing infrastructure, system performance, prioritize signal timing and move more product with the same capacity. Expansion is last.”
Simpson is former Commissioner of New Jersey’s DOT; head of the Federal Transit Administration; and commissioner of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He is currently the Chairman of Victory Worldwide Transportation, Inc., a moving and storage company.
“Strong transportation agencies have one thing in common: adaptability. Transportation agencies that have the ability to adapt will thrive in the future.”
NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci echoed that sentiment. “Much of NOACA’s work and activity is focused on investing in the future. The conditions that affect transportation in our region are changing all of the time. It’s NOACA’s responsibility to address changing conditions to meet our strategic goal of continued economic development.”
Gallucci also highlighted NOACA’s accomplishments over the past year including completion of the region’s 20-year plan for the future which lays out $15.8 billion in investments. The plan is updated every four years and emphasizes repair and maintenance of existing infrastructure. In fact, more than 90 percent of the available funding is dedicated to preserving what we have and making our communities more enjoyable places to live and work.
For a complete list of accomplishments, check out NOACA’s Annual Report at the link.
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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.
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