Sweeping transit proposal unveiled
Saturday, March 1, 2008
BY JIM WOODS
As Central Ohio grows to an estimated 1.7 million people by 2030, transportation planners say it will take billions of dollars to keep up with roads, mass transit and even bike paths.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released a study yesterday of the transportation needs of Franklin and Delaware counties, as well as parts of Licking, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. The region has about 1.3 million people now.
The plan includes support for a streetcar line between German Village and Ohio State University, which the plan estimates will cost $64 million to $154 million. And it anticipates the need to spend $1.4 billion by 2030 to expand Central Ohio Transit Authority bus service in the region.
It also offers a long list of projects to build new roads and widen existing ones. For example, enlarging the I-270 interchange at Rts. 33 and 161 in Dublin should be completed sometime between 2020 and 2030, the plan says, at a cost of up to $392.3 million.
The projects add up to $14.83 billion. Chester Jourdan Jr., executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, said there is a real question about whether the federal government will be able to fund as many projects in the future.
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