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Please note as of Dec. 1, 2014, All Aboard Ohio moved its statewide offices to Cleveland’s public transportation and retail hub, Tower City Center! Our new mailing address is:

All Aboard Ohio
230 West Huron Road #85.53
Cleveland, OH 44113

Our telephone number remains (844) 464-7245, a toll-free number you may better remember as 844-GO4-RAIL. Our e-mail address continues to be info@allaboardohio.org for general inquiries.

 

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You’ll enjoy instant news on rail travel discounts or special packages, travel tips, rail and transit service interruptions, local/state/federal policy issues, discussion and dialogue from around Ohio, the U.S. and even the world. For more in-depth news, dues-paying members receive the quarterly Ohio Passenger Rail News. Click HERE (5mb PDF) for a free sample of our newsletter. Please join All Aboard Ohio if you think this flow of information is important and you want it to continue. With your support, it will!

Action Alert-Contact Congress!

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Please contact the aides to one of the three Ohio Congresspersons who sit on the House Appropriations Committee. In the coming days and weeks, Congress may act on passing the Transportation-Housing Urban Development appropriations bill. In the House, the bill number is H.R. 2843; in the Senate it is S. 2844.

The most essential provision of these bills to Ohioans are Restoration and Enhancement grants, authorized by Congress last year in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (Title 49 § 24408) at $20 million per year over five years. The Senate’s bill would appropriate $15 million to this grant program while the House bill would appropriate $0.

Restoration and Enhancement grants are essential to Ohioans because they would allow Amtrak to expand its Chicago-East Coast passenger rail services across Ohio, including a daily Cardinal via Cincinnati and South Portsmouth, as well as linking the Wolverine/Keystone corridors via Toledo, Cleveland and Youngstown.

Please contact Congress today and ask for support of S. 2844’s appropriation amount for passenger rail Restoration/Enhancement grants (phone calls are best!):

Rep. David Joyce (eastern suburbs of Cleveland) — Transportation Aide is Amanda Shaw: 202-225-5731 amanda.shaw@mail.house.gov
Rep. Tim Ryan (Youngstown-Warren area) — District Director is Rick Leonard: 330-373-0074 rick.leonard@mail.house.gov
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Toledo-western suburbs of Cleveland) — Transportation Aide is TJ Lowdermilk: 202-225-4146 tj.lowdermilk@mail.house.gov

If you have any questions, please contact All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Ken Prendergast toll-free at 844-464-7245 or e-mail at kenprendergast@allaboardohio.org. Thanks for speaking up and supporting passenger rail in Ohio!

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Mad Jack Challenge fundraiser fills big need!

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UPDATE! All Aboard Ohio is 3/4th toward its Mad Jack fundraiser goal of $4,000. Please contribute on #GivingTuesday Nov 29 & help AAO! Giving Tuesday is the charitable response to Black Friday. We hope that donors will generously consider AAO this Tuesday as part of your giving and help us reach our Mad Jack goal. Thank you!

All Aboard Ohio’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Jack Shaner, has issued a “Mad Jack Challenge” to its 500 members and the public. The board will match, dollar-for-dollar, the first $2,000 in donations received between now and the end of the year.

The goal of this Fall Fundraiser is to raise at least $4,000 to help pay for advocacy and educational efforts to help state officials see the need for more funding for passenger rail and public transportation. This is a critical time as the two-year operating budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be considered by lawmakers in early 2017.

In the past, All Aboard Ohio representatives testified on the need for rail and transit funding to the Ohio House and Senate Finance and Transportation committees – after the ODOT bill was introduced.

Unfortunately, we’ve learned that’s too late to make a difference. So this time around, we’ve gotten ahead of the game. We’re now finding some supporters in state government who are in a position, or soon will be, to make a difference for you, the rail and transit passengers of Ohio. But we need your help to keep up the fight!

Please make your donation today in whatever amount you can afford. We can accept credit card donations via our Web site CLICK HERE (note that the Ohio Association of Railroad Passengers does business as All Aboard Ohio). We can also accept monthly donations via our Web site, too, so you can boost your overall giving.

And, of course, we accept donations by check or money order payable to “All Aboard Ohio” and mailed to:

Ken Clifford, Treasurer
All Aboard Ohio
11817 Choctaw Dr.
Medway, Ohio 45341

Note that we are urging that checks be sent directly to our treasurer. Our Cleveland office mail delivery has become very unreliable. We will soon have a post office box set up.

We value your generous support! Remember that All Aboard Ohio is a 501c3 educational organization. Your donations may be tax-deductible. Please consult your tax adviser. Thanks so much!

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November 2016 e-Edition newsletter

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Download the October 2016 issue CLICK HERE to read the following stories:

  • Columbus-Chicago passenger rail Tier I planning gains momentum
  • Northeast Ohio regional transit considered
  • University of Cincinnati Student Govt. endorses Uptown extension
  • Connecting the Wolverine and the Keystone
  • Want Amtrak expansion? Tell Congress today.
  • Lake Shore’s Boston section returns with class
  • Cleveland RTA hires new director of rail division
  • Mad Jack Challenge fundraiser fills big need!

Please contact us at info@allaboardohio.org if you have any difficulties downloading the newsletter or if you have any comments or questions. Thank you!

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A multi-county transit system for NE Ohio?

Cleveland RTA's rail system is aging, needs more jobs/housing built up around stations, and needs to extend farther out to reach more jobs/housing to energize the region's economy. All Aboard Ohio is happy to report the region's leaders are recognizing this need, but will it turn into action? That will depend on all of us speaking up. Join us today!

Greater Cleveland’s aging rail transit system needs modernizing, needs more jobs/housing built up around stations, and needs to extend farther out to reach more jobs/housing to energize the region’s economy. All Aboard Ohio is happy to report the region’s leaders are recognizing this need, but will it turn into action? That will depend on all of us speaking up. Join us today!

At long last, the conversation has begun — about creating a multi-county public transit system of nodes and regional connectors for Northeast Ohio. It’s a vision that will include the best attributes of walking, bikes, private transportation network companies, circulator/mainline/rapid buses, modernized and expanded urban rail  lines, regional commuter railroad lines and multimodal stations that conveniently unite transportation services and are magnets for accessible jobs, quality housing, education and services.

All Aboard Ohio began the conversation a year ago when it became apparent that some of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s system, especially the light-rail trains, would likely not be able to continue operating absent significant additional funds for modernization. GCRTA’s three rail lines carry 20 percent of the weekday ridership in the agency’s nearly 60-route transit network. GCRTA has nearly $600 million in state-of-good-repair needs it can’t afford and $2 billion in planned but unfunded expansions so that isolated Northeast Ohioans can reach jobs, education and other opportunities. If the region truly values this public transportation asset and wants to mobilize its underutilized, isolated labor resources, then the existing models of funding and providing it need a major overhaul to retain, improve and expand that asset.

Just a few months ago, All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Ken Prendergast called for Northeast Ohio’s leaders to create a task force to address the need for a multi-county public transportation system. Those leaders are now taking that request seriously, based on recent articles Creating a multi-county public transit system in Northeast Ohio, and Cuyahoga County putting a renewed focus on public transit.

While All Aboard Ohio members (join us today!) will want to know what routes, services and modes should be offered, right now leaders are grappling with political, institutional, financial and organizational questions. The answers will likely require state action, such as the legislature passing a charter for a new transit organization, be it a merger of existing county-based agencies or the creation of an inter-county transit “umbrella” organization. Either way, any inter-county organization will require state action.

Increased state funding is also desperately needed. But there’s a possibility that the counties will have to come up with most if not all of the construction and operating money themselves — especially for operations. How much money? Just to address current backlog of state-of-good-repair needs for all transit systems in Northeast Ohio, the tab is more than $600 million. If you add in transit expansion projects that the transit agencies have planned but can’t move forward on due to lack of funds, that tab exceeds $2 billion. Operating and maintenance costs will require tens of millions of dollars more per year.

Issuing bonds with a good rating to leverage federal funds (and some state and private money) means having a dedicated revenue stream of $100 million or more per year. A 20-year, half-cent of additional sales tax for transit in each county served would provide the necessary funds. But what other funding sources (parking tax?), funding mechanisms (TIFs?), service delivery models (competitive bidding of intercounty rail/bus services?) and other ideas could also be considered?

Yes, the conversation about true regional transportation has finally started in Northeast Ohio. Where will it lead? Join us today so you can help shape it!

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