Sprawling growth patterns and a lack of travel options are straining existing communities, infrastructure, energy supplies, and the environment. While Ohio’s population grew just 6% since 1970, road lane-miles were increased by 20%, urbanized land areas sprawled 60% and road traffic grew by 50%. Ohio is more car-dependent than ever as the state spends just 1% of its $3.8 billion transportation budget on trains and transit. Ohio is the nation’s third-most energy-dependent state.
Meanwhile, 2 1/2 million Ohioans do not drive due to health, age, cost, or preference. Baby Boomers need alternatives to driving to avoid being housebound while more young people seek rail when they decide where to live and work.