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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition brings together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.
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Please spread the message that investing in public transportation can help revitalize Ohio and enhance mobility

Ohio’s 3-C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail campaign represents an opportunity to begin reshaping Ohio’s transportation system to better reflect the positive role public transportation can play in creating a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable Ohio.

In this recession, investing in mass transit can be one part of a much-needed economic infusion for Ohio. The Surface Transportation Policy Project estimates that investments in public transportation create nearly 19 percent more jobs than new roads or bridge projects create.

In general, public transportation is more energy-efficient than passenger vehicle transportation, it spurs economic development, employs people, assists firms and workers with transportation needs by providing a low-cost commuting option, reduces urban sprawl and congestion while increasing urban vitality, and is far less harmful to the environment than having every commuter drive a car. For many working poor, dislocated workers, elderly and disabled people, public transportation is essential for maintaining mobility and functioning in a dignified manner.

To voice your support for investing in public transportation to help revitalize Ohio, take the “3C is Me” survey, at http://3CisMe.ohio.gov, and share it with your friends.

The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are gathering broad public input on the 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan, which will connect Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati as part of the nationally-prioritized Chicago Hub Network. There will be additional opportunities to provide input at public meetings being held in September. For more information, visit http://3CisME.ohio.gov

2 Responses

  1. You can read Policy Matters’ testimony about 3C rail online at: https://ohioworkforcecoalition.org/images//policy%20matters%20testimony%20on%203c%20corridor.doc

  2. It’s a win win! Ohio needs a 21st century transportation system for a 21st century workforce, and we can put people to work building it now.

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