We are living in one of the most intriguing times for transportation. Technology is driving us toward a new mobility landscape.
The marriage of these two sectors has given rise to the driverless car.
Automobiles reshaped our world in the twentieth century. Autonomous vehicles will transform it in the twenty-first.
OKI is planning accordingly, melding evolving technologies into our mission, knowing that smart cars — smart vans, trucks, buses and semis — will require smart infrastructure.
A healthy transportation system has long been a driving force behind our region’s quality of life and economic prosperity. It is a diverse, well-developed one for moving people and goods. Broadly speaking, the system’s efficiency affects the entire economy.
In this spirit, we have developed the 2050 OKI Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Its vision: to develop innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support the goals and economy of the Greater Cincinnati area.
Under the 2050 Plan, the system will continue to be reliable, flexible and affordable, connecting people safely to one another, to their workplaces, to the institutions that matter to them and to the services on which they depend.
It also lays the foundation for a transportation system that increasingly relies on system management, operations, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and a system that includes connected and autonomous vehicles.
These principles will usher in an era of enhanced mobility, safety and efficiency for moving people and goods. Using best practices, a strategic mix of traditional and technology-based projects will allow the region to compete successfully in the global economy.
About the Plan
The 2050 Transportation Plan is a comprehensive blueprint projecting the transportation needs of the Greater Cincinnati area for the next 30 years.
Please join us at an upcoming meeting or planned event to share your voice on the planning process.
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
March 14, 2020
2020 Neighborhood Summit (7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Free Admission) at Xavier University Cintas Center
May 8 – June 10, 2020
Opportunities for the public to review and provide comments for the Plan’s draft project list.
June 8, 2020
5 p.m. Modified Public Hearing — View the narrated PowerPoint presentation of the Plan here (please note the PowerPoint presentation will be available at 5 p.m. on 6/8/20). OKI is accepting public input until noon on June 10, 2020.
We appreciated hearing from you on our 2050 Plan survey.
Questions and comments about the 2050 Plan and requests for information are encouraged.
Comments are due June 10, 2020 at noon.
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2050 Plan Goals
The transportation system should work to reduce the risk of crashes that cause death or injuries. The plan will consider recommendations to address problem crash locations for all travel modes, with the goal of reducing vehicle accidents.
This plan’s foundation is preserving and optimizing the region’s existing transportation system and infrastructure. In addition to improvement projects to meet this goal, the 2050 Plan includes a roadway maintenance and transit operation budget of more than $8.2 billion.
Mobility and Congestion
This goal can also be referred to as System Performance or how well people and commodities can move with greater speed and less congestion to improve efficiency.
Strategies that promote the effective and efficient use of natural resources would reduce mobile source emissions, and they would benefit other environmental issues and quality of life. Transportation recommendations that increase green infrastructure and promote multimodal travel alternatives while reducing vehicle trips can help address this goal.
In addition to the four performance goals presented in MAP-21 and continued in The FAST Act, OKI has added a fifth goal of Economic Vitality. The transportation network can support the economic vitality of the region by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency.
Coordination with Federal Transportation Planning Requirements
This plan complies with statewide and metropolitan transportation planning regulations requiring and governing the development of transportation plans and programs for urbanized areas. These regulations have been issued by the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Following Federal Legislation
Current Federal Legislation
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act — December 2015
Significant continuing provisions of the FAST Act are that the Plan must:
- be prepared and updated every four years in nonattainment areas and areas that were nonattainment and are now under a maintenance plan
- cover a minimum 20-year planning horizon with air quality conformity and fiscal constraint
- include a congestion management process
- ensure that public involvement remains a hallmark of the metropolitan planning process
- include a discussion of types of potential environmental mitigation activities collected through an environmental consultation process
- support safe and efficient movement of people and goods using multiple travel modes
- include projects as a prerequisite for federal funding eligibility
- contain a description of the performance measures and targets used in assessing the transportation system
- be amended following Public Hearing and OKI Board of Directors/Executive Committee approval, as needed
Address the Ten Metropolitan Planning Factors
- Economic Vitality
- Accessibility and Mobility Options
- Environmental Protection, Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development
- System Integration and Connectivity
- Efficient System Management and Operations
- Preservation of the Existing System
- Improve the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system and reduce or mitigate stormwater impacts of surface transportation
- Enhance travel and tourism
Summary of Progress Made Since 2016
In addition to noting the changes in federal requirements made over time to the Plan, it is important to projects that have been completed since the 2016 update. Projects awarded and completed since July 2016 illustrate the broad range of transportation plans and projects that affect residents, businesses and workers in the region. The list also highlights the number of transportation needs within our region and that the plan will address.
The 2050 Plan is a yearlong process and expected to be completed in June 2020, when it will be presented for approval to the OKI Board of Directors.
Where we are now and where we are headed …
A big thanks to the more than 2,700 engaged citizens who took our survey. View the 2050 Plan survey results.
The following is a projected calendar, and is subject to change:
March 5 — Environmental Consultations
Experts convene and review draft project list and lookout for any environmental concerns. This could include land use, streams and rivers, water and sewer systems and wildlife habitat.
March 10 & March 12 — OKI shares draft project list with Intermodal Coordinating Committee (ICC) members and OKI Executive Board to review it once more. Members have until March 20 to provide their feedback.
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
March 14 — OKI staff shares information about the Plan including the draft project list at the annual Neighborhood Summit at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Attendees have an opportunity to review the draft plan and provide comments.
March 23 — OKI’s Transportation Modeling staff begins modeling impacts that projects in the draft list will have on future travel demand, congestion management, air quality, etc. This can take up to four weeks.
June 8 — Modified Public Hearing: View the narrated PowerPoint presentation of the Plan here (please note the PowerPoint presentation will be available at 5 p.m. on 6/8/20). OKI is accepting public input until noon on June 10, 2020.
June 9 — The Plan is presented to members at the ICC meeting Virtual meeting.
June 11 —The OKI board votes on the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan during the scheduled Virtual June board meeting. The plan will be adopted and in place for four years. The Plan may be amended as warranted — subject to public review and OKI Board approval. An update to the Plan will occur in 2024.
Meanwhile, we will continue to complete various components of the Plan on this website. We will update the content to the extent it is feasible, however many sections rely on the final list of projects.