By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
Northeast Ohio's top transportation planning agency is preparing a new, 20-year vision for the region that will focus on improving social equity, particularly for households without cars.
Among other things, the new long-range plan of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency will address the reality that transportation spending in recent decades, mainly on suburban highways, has privileged the automobile over mass transit and other modes of getting around.
Imbalance in the system
As a result, the region's transportation system has disadvantaged people who don't have access to cars, especially in low-income households in the poorest sections of cities such as Cleveland.
"We have created a region that is not necessarily equitable in terms of how people can participate in the regional economy and the regional assets and regional attributes," Grace Gallucci, NOACA's executive director, said in a recent interview.
"When you make a decision, you need to make a decision that allows everyone access," she said. "There can be no decisions that prohibit people or exclude [them] from access and participation."
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