About

Who is All Aboard Ohio?

We are citizens, businesses and organizations just like you who joined together to advocate for more and better transportation choices in Ohio, including more passenger trains, better public transit and, through our RESTORE initiative, improved rail infrastructure.

All Aboard Ohio meetings, outreach, publicity and development  activities are guided by our dedicated staff which is overseen by a volunteer board of 15 directors. They are experts in transportation, urban issues, public policy and grassroots organizing.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Ohio Association of Railroad Passengers (dba All Aboard Ohio)
exists to achieve for the citizens of Ohio, a modern, consumer-focused,
statewide passenger transportation network that provides people with
real travel choices they want and can use.

OFFICERS

Chairman: Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus

Vice Chairman: Kenneth Sislak, Associate Vice President, Transportation, AECOM, Shaker Heights

Secretary: Charles Horn, Community Volunteer, Kenton

Treasurer: Ken Clifford; Owner, Kenneth Clifford, CPA, Medway

DIRECTORS

Central/SE Region: Eric Childress, Community Volunteer, Columbus

Northeast Region: Kenneth Sislak (see above)

Northwest Region: Roger Shope, Ohio Higher Education Rail Network, Bowling Green

Southwest Region: Derek Bauman, Cincinnatians For Progress, Cincinnati

At-Large: Theresa Allen, Vice President, Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, Forest

At-Large: David Burns, Motoman, Inc., West Carrollton

At-Large: Kenneth Clifford (see above)

At-Large: Michael Connor, Consultant, Excelsior Transportation, Dover

At-Large: Charles Horn (see above)

At-Large: Timothy Porter, Chairman, Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association, Toledo

At-Large: Marvin Ranaldson, founder, Cleveland Streetcar & Outreach Coord., Bike Cleveland

At-Large: Jack Shaner (see above)

At-Large: Ronald Sheck, retired transportation administrator/educator, Sylvania

At-Large: Akshai Singh, Ohio Sierra Club, Cleveland Heights

At-Large: Jerry Wicks, Professor Emeritus, BGSU; President, Senecio Software; Bowling Green

 

Executive Director: Ken Prendergast
(216) 288-4883
kenprendergast@allaboardohio.org

All Aboard Ohio!

850 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1026
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-3357
(216) 394-0012 Office
(216) 619-5026 fax
info@allaboardohio.org

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

1. We are continuing the progress toward passenger rail development in Ohio despite some setbacks by focusing on and coordinating local and regional stakeholders to pursue rail infrastructure and service improvements in key travel corridors, primarily from Ohio’s largest cities to Chicago but also regional rail and urban transit projects.

2. Urged the creation of the Northern Ohio Rail Alliance comprised of Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Toledo, Sandusky and Cleveland/Elyria to investigate and pursue improvements to the heavily traveled rail corridor linking Toledo-Cleveland and beyond.

3. Partnering with Indiana stakeholders, All Aboard Ohio is actively organizing funding for environmental planning for the Columbus – Marysville – Kenton – Lima – Fort Wayne – Chicago rail corridor.

4. Organizing grassroots support for Cincinnati – North Cincinnati/I-275 – Hamilton – Oxford – Indianapolis – Lafayette – Chicago rail infrastructure and Phase One passenger rail service improvements including extension of the Chicago-Indianapolis “Hoosier State” service to Cincinnati and daily Amtrak “Cardinal” (Chicago-Cincinnati-Washington-New York City) service.

5. We provide research assistance to a variety of stakeholders for rail and transit improvements in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown, and other areas, such as the 2012 Immediate Needs Rail Assessment to the Western Reserve Port Authority and the Lakefront Bypass Study to the Cleveland Waterfront Coalition.

STRATEGIES AND GOALS:

1. We will increase communication with the goal of educating the public about where their representatives in state and federal government stand on investment in the state of Ohio.

2. We will facilitate passenger rail leadership meetings throughout the state to organize support for passenger rail and identify key stakeholders and supporters.

3. We will remain operationally self-sufficient through private donations, dues, and corporate sponsorships, while actively engaging foundations for increased program support.

4. We will actively involve local stakeholders in the improvement of rail infrastructure as a community asset.

5. We will double the number of active, dues-paying members.

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ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

All Aboard Erie

Empire State Passengers Association

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Indiana High Speed Rail Association

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

Midwest High Speed Rail Association

Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association

Ohio Environmental Council

Ohio Higher Education Rail Network

ProTransit Cincinnati

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council Of Governments – Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee

TransitColumbus

Western Pennsylvanians For Passenger Rail

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THE ISSUES

 

The Challenges…

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 options to driving to avoid being housebound while more young people seek rail when they decide where to live and work.


The Vision…

Fast trains and more transit will give Ohioans real travel choices and foster pedestrian-friendly  communities that require less infrastructure and energy.
If funding for trains & transit grew to be 5% of ODOT’s budget, transit agencies could expand services and high-speed rail can be realized.

Trains would serve 90% of Ohioans via nine routes offering 5-10 daily round trips traveling at 79-110 mph.

Convenient connections to local public transit, airports, universities, convention and sports facilities will be offered.

Trains will have WiFi, at-seat power outlets, bike racks, food and beverage service and “Quiet Cars.” Fares will be up to half the cost of bus travel, one-fifth the cost of driving and one-tenth the cost of short-distance air travel.

The Results…

Better passenger trains and public transit will reduce the cost of doing business and enhance our quality of life to make Ohio more competitive.

Ohioans using trains and transit can save nearly $10,000 per year to spend on better education and housing (SOURCE: APTA).

Fast rail services will cost less to build, save travel time and require fewer subsidies than other intercity travel modes.

Trains and walkable communities by stations will be energy efficient and pollute less than car-dependent suburban sprawl.

All Ohioans will be more mobile, business travelers will be more productive and Ohio citizens, businesses, cities, towns and opportunities will be more inter-connected.