Unfortunately, the [Ohio transportation] budget is heavily tilted towards road funding, with a little more than 1 percent slated for public transportation. This is disappointing considering that roughly 9 percent of Ohio households have no vehicle, according to Census figures. Moreover, vehicle-miles-traveled is down in Ohio and across the country — and this downward trend is likely to continue as our aging Baby Boomers drive less and fewer Millennials are even bothering to get a driver’s license. Yet transit ridership continues to grow to the highest levels since 1957.
We also discussed this issue (and much more) with the City of Cincinnati’s Director of Transportation and Engineering, Michael Moore, on the latest episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast.