Transportation

I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
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Dayton ranks among the worst in the country in a Brookings Institution study that finds many people in metro areas are living further away from jobs.

75 mph Speed Limit Proposal On Chopping Block In Ohio

Mar 24, 2015

A proposal to boost Ohio's speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstate highways and the turnpike has been scrapped.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's office said the proposed increase would be pulled from a $7 billion, two-year transportation budget.

The proposal would have made Ohio only the second state entirely east of the Mississippi River to have such a high limit. The other is Maine. A total of 16 states, mostly out West, have at least a 75 mph speed limit.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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The Dayton Public School District held another town hall meeting Monday night at Westwood Elementary. It’s the latest in a series of gatherings aimed at finding ways to push more money into the classroom by trimming other expenses.  

About two-thirds of the current $193 million budget is spent on teacher salaries and curriculum, but DPS officials say they can do better. Parents have offered up some ideas, and there have been consistent themes: reduce central office staff, which currently costs the district $4 million annually, and use transportation funds more wisely.

Economy Could Also Be Affected By 1-75 Collapse

Jan 21, 2015
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Monday night’s exit ramp collapse in Cincinnati caused headaches for commuters, but it also may have trucking companies and manufacturers looking at their wallets and that could have implications statewide.

Uber has been criticized for competing with taxi cabs without being subject to the same regulation.
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The city of Dayton has unanimously amended its taxi and transportation ordinance to regulate Uber and other new transportation network services for the first time. UberX is an app-based ride service that’s been controversial in some cities in part because it competes with taxis, but isn’t regulated the same way.

Driving Electric

Dec 29, 2014

“Electricity is the thing ... no whirring and grinding gears …  no water-circulating system to get out of order — no dangerous and evil-smelling gasoline and no noise.”  That’s what Thomas Edison said about electric cars over a century ago.  University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha and some of his colleagues have been taking this to heart.  Here’s Bob with some thoughts on driving electric.

Chrysler Reiterates Challenge For Ohio Jeep Plant

Oct 9, 2014
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Ohio's governor office says Chrysler insists that continuing to build the Jeep Wrangler in the state will be a challenge.
 
The automaker is considering moving production of the Wrangler out of Toledo so it can be constructed with an aluminum body to meet new government gas-mileage standards.
 
Chrysler says revamping the Wrangler plant in Toledo would be too costly.
 A group led by Toledo's mayor along with Ohio officials met with Chrysler officials Thursday.

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The city of Dayton has become the latest front in the legal assault on traffic cameras in Ohio.

Attorneys representing drivers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery County. Dayton attorney Tom Manning was joined by the Cincinnati-based firm of Michael K. Allen & Associates, which has won court rulings against camera use in the southwest Ohio villages of New Miami and Elmwood Place. 

Communities that need money for local transportation projects are in luck.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is providing 16 million dollars to local communities for transportation improvements.  During the next few months, ODOT will work with local communities to come up with funding needs for two programs – one for small cites, the other to replace local bridges.  About 8 million dollars will go to each program.

Four public transit systems serving parts of southwest Ohio are grappling with how to best meet the needs of their patrons.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the four systems in the Dayton area are experiencing growth challenges because of uncertain funding, a need to extend service or increased ridership.

The systems include the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Greene CATS Public Transit, Miami County Public Transit and Warren County Public Transit. They provide more than 11.8 million one-way rides annually. The combined cost for the bus rides is $67.1 million.

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