News Review
NOACA Board of Directors hear plans for reducing congestion and creating transit-friendly development
Posted Date: 9/15/2017
CLEVELAND (Friday, September 15, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) met last Friday, September 8. Notably, the Board heard presentations on the Signal Timing Optimization Program (STOP), and Transit Oriented Development Scorecard and Implementation Plan.

NOACA’s Signal Timing Optimization Program (STOP) is putting an end to bad signals. Outdated and inefficient signal timing cause delay and congestion, which can degrade air quality. NOACA implemented STOP to improve the operation of traffic corridors by optimizing traffic signals. Based on operational and emissions criteria, NOACA approved STOP pilot projects along Cedar Road through numerous eastside communities; and Pearl Road in Parma and Parma Heights.

Travel times and emissions were decreased significantly along both corridors. Along Cedar Road, travel times decreased between 72 and 155 seconds depending on time of day and direction of travel. Over the next five years, the implemented signal timing is estimated to decrease delay by 697,600 hours; reduce fuel consumption by 627,130 gallons; and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5,575 metric tons.

Along Pearl Road, travel times decreased between 18 and 95 seconds depending on time of day and direction of travel. Over the next five years, the implemented signal timing is estimated to decrease delay by 209,900 hours; reduce fuel consumption by 46,100 gallons; and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 410 metric tons.

In addition NOACA announced that two additional locations will be studied. Those are:
• Warren/West 150th Street in Lakewood and Cleveland; and
• SOM Center in Eastlake, Willoughby and Willoughby Hills

Board members also heard a presentation about how Transit Oriented Development (TOD) could shape development. TOD promotes a mixture of housing, retail, workplaces, and open space within walking distance of transit. TOD has numerous benefits including decreased congestion, a greater range of housing, fewer emissions, and improved public health.

NOACA recently completed the region’s first TOD Scorecard and Implementation Plan. The plan seeks to help increase ridership of public transportation and promote development in and around transit stations and high-performing bus corridors.

The plan looked at dozens of bus lines and rapid stations and created a scale for an area’s readiness for development. The plan then created a scorecard to determine how ready a site is for TOD. The project team then created an implementation plan for three pilot sites adjacent to the West Boulevard—Cudell Rapid Station, East 116th Rapid Station, and along the Broadway/Slavic Village Bus Corridor in Cleveland.

NOACA will now turn its attention to communicating the benefits of this type of development and increasing public awareness in the hope that more communities throughout Northeast Ohio will adopt TOD plans.

The Board also approved eight items including approval of a Facility Planning Area boundary change in Lorain County and assignment of “Regional Priority Points” as required under the statewide Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program.

The approved resolutions and the presentations from today’s Board meeting can be found on NOACA’s website, www.noaca.org.

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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.

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