Focused almost entirely on asphalt and concrete, Ohio’s transportation budget is more suited to the 1950s than to the economic and social needs of the 21st century. Allocating roughly $34 million a year to mass transit — slightly more than 1 percent of the budget — Ohio ranks near the bottom among the states in transit spending per person.
Ohio needs a plan from the General Assembly and Gov. John Kasich that not only rebuilds and maintains aging transportation infrastructure, but also helps metropolitan regions such as Toledo create transit systems that reduce congestion, get people to jobs, improve air quality, and conserve energy. That will require the same vision and courage that built a great interstate highway system nearly 60 years ago.