Last January, GOPC provided an update on state counts of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in 2017. New data shows between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 1,058 people walking in Ohio; the state has been ranked as the 26th most dangerous for people walking.
Investments and improvements to our state’s transportation system have been a priority for GOPC since our founding. We want to draw the attention of this committee to one of the more underutilized methods that we have at our disposal to alleviating congestion and reducing the damage inflicted upon our roadways – public transportation.
Since 2011, 33 states plus the District of Columbia have raised motor fuel taxes to meet the demand for increased revenues for transportation projects. These increases have provided needed funds to refurbish and replace outdated and failing infrastructure.
Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a number of State Officer and State legislative positions are on the ballot this year. As Election Day approaches, we at GOPC have been thinking about a range of quality-of-life and redevelopment issues we think the next legislative body of the state should work to carry out.