Despite that NONE of the annual operating funding for Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati (3C) trains will come from the state’s deficit-ridden general revenue fund budget (it will instead come from ODOT’s budget which is approved separately and firewalled from the GRF), Gov.-elect John Kasich has taken a very stubborn, destructive stance.
He refuses to accept $400 million in no-match federal funds for a passenger and freight rail project that will modernize and make safer the rail corridor between Ohio’s largest cities, while creating 400 jobs during construction and 8,000 spin-off jobs once the service is running (SOURCE: US Dept. of Commerce).
The 3C trains will provide mobility to the two largest demographic groups in American history. Generation Y (ages 21-30) comprises just 14% of driving compared to 21% in the 1990s for the previous, smaller generation, according to Kiplinger. Generation Y wants to spend its time and money on smartphones, computers and productive activities, not be handcuffed to steering wheels!
In 2011, the Baby Boom generation begins turning 65 years old and will be less physically able to drive longer distances or at highway speeds. This second-largest population group in America needs to stay mobile and fully involved in Ohio’s economy. Bus services are not stepping up to the challenge. Quality train services will let Ohioans stay mobile with faster, comfortable, affordable travel!
And, between 2011-15, oil shortages with declines in global production of up to 10 percent are forecast. For comparision, the months-long shortages in 1973 and 1979 were the result of production declines of only 5%. How will Ohio stay mobile in the face of these and other challenges?
Meanwhile, ODOT’s $9.2 billion budget to rebuild and expand highways in the 3C Corridor between 2008-15 continues unabated without criticism by fiscal conservatives, even though the added infrastructure will cause ODOT’s “Fix-It First” maintenance and operations budget to increase by $3.3 billion by 2017 (see Pg. 37 of ODOT’s Business Plan). However, ODOT lacks growth in gas tax revenues to pay for this massive increase. By contrast, rail corridors are privately owned and maintained, meaning the public investments in 3C infrastructure will be sustained by private enterprise — not government!
Ohio’s population, economy and energy supplies are changing — Ohio’s transportation system is not, yet. Development of 3C Corridor as the public transit spine of Ohio was to be the start of the change (3C Corridor is the busiest travel corridor between Midwest metro areas SOURCE: USDOT). Now that vision for change is in serious jeopardy with the arrogant, destructive policy stance of Gov.-elect John Kasich. But he doesn’t have the power — YOU DO!
Gov. Ted Strickland refuses to halt passenger rail project, despite request from successor, John Kasich:
Gov. Kasich was reminded that, under federal law, federal passenger rail funding cannot be used for other purposes…
USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood’s Nov. 9 2010 letter:
Illinois, other states happy to take rail money
Don’t just get mad — get involved! Here’s what you can do….
First, I want you, your family and your friends to please join All Aboard Ohio today at:
Please contact your Congressperson and your state legislators (Ohio Senate and Ohio House) in Columbus. Speak from your heart. To find out who your state legislators are, go to…
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3C talking points-travelers:
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Net Fiscal Impact of 3C on State of Ohio: http://freepdfhosting.com/8c6a49a653.pdf
Use All Aboard Ohio’s guide to writing letters to the editor:
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Why 3C? Why now? Here’s why….
As boomers age, 1 in 5 drivers will be oldsters
Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass
US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015
German Military Study Warns of a Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis
Goldman Sachs predicts oil price jump
Alaska’s untapped oil reserves estimate lowered by about 90 percent
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