What We Do

New and expanded roadways can fuel unsustainable development patterns in Ohio’s metros—spreading residents and businesses over farther distances which can raise maintenance costs and dissipate nodes of economic activity. To maximize the state’s limited dollars for its transportation system, GOPC advocates for new ways of thinking about transportation investments. 

Steering State Policy in the Right Direction

GOPC is recognized by policymakers and agency administrators as being a pragmatic voice for reform to Ohio’s transportation funding priorities.  GOPC has served as a member of a number of steering and advisory committees for the Ohio Department of Transportation (Access Ohio 2040; Access Ohio 2045; Transit Needs Study) and frequently offers expert testimony to lawmakers.  GOPC’s advocacy helped increase funding for transit in 2017 and establish a legislative review committee in 2015. 


Championing Public Transit

Ohio is an urban and rural state, requiring a range of transportation options that connect workers to jobs and residents to services. Public transit can serve as that vital link but the small amount of state investment in Ohio’s transit systems hinders efforts to expand or even provide transit service. To ensure Ohio’s cities are as attractive as possible and its rural areas as safe as possible, GOPC has consistently called for increased state funding for transit and will continue to work with partners until Ohio’s transit funding is in line with peer states.

Advocating for Complete Streets

One bicyclist and two pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every day in Ohio.  Creating safe roads not only protects all roadway users, including drivers, but also saves money by avoiding collision and injury costs.  GOPC has long called for a statewide Active Transportation policy, otherwise known as Complete Streets.  This policy would facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and would match appropriate context sensitive design guidelines to rural, urban, and suburban roadways.  Twenty seven other states have similar policies in place.

Credit: Eric Anspach

Credit: Eric Anspach

Related Publications

Potential Funding Sources White Paper

Greater Ohio Policy Center’s white paper Fueling Innovation in Transit: Potential Funding Options for Public Transit, presents three funding recommendations to Ohio’s next governor and legislative leaders.

Transportation Reform Memos

GOPC released three memos that outline strategies to sustainably support and enhance all transportation modes in Ohio.

Shared Services Research Briefs

Research shows that sharing responsibility for Ohio’s roadways can lead to cost savings and improved service quality for taxpayers.

Additional Resources

2017 Transportation Academy

A review of the transportation academy sessions hosted across Ohio during 2017.

Active Transportation / Complete Streets Webinar

Review of Active Transportation/Complete Streets policies in Ohio and nationally and the benefits of these design policies.

Ohio Statewide Transit Needs Study (ODOT)

As the demand for public transit increases and budgets shrink, the Ohio Department of Transportation has developed a strategy to bring the most efficient and cost-effective improvements to transit riders and taxpayers alike.