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For Immediate Release

Date:               November 24, 2009
Contact:         Laura A. Loges

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

937.223.6323, Extension 246

Subject:          Public Meeting to be Held Regarding Amending the Region’s Long Range Transportation Plan in Anticipation of Receiving Passenger Rail Funding
Dayton, OH - The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) will hold a Public Participation Meeting regarding the proposed amendment to the Region’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in anticipation of receiving passenger rail funding (3C + D Corridor)
The meeting will be held as follows:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
One S. Main Street
Suite 260
Downtown Dayton, OH
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), in consultation with statewide transportation stakeholders have, for a number of years, been working on a master plan to implement passenger rail service in Ohio.  This Ohio Hub Plan identifies a series of prospective transportation corridors for providing passenger rail service throughout Ohio. 

The project planning process towards reintroducing passenger rail service in the 3C + D corridor (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati + Dayton) has progressed to where it is time to coordinate amending the project into Ohio’s MPO Long Range Transportation Plans located within the 3C + D corridor service area (including MVRPC).  The Plan amendment effort includes a financial strategy and a new transportation conformity determination (air quality analysis).

Ohio’s “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan, known as the 3C + D Corridor, will connect Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton with modern, conventional speed (up to 79 MPH) passenger trains, in the state’s most densely-populated travel corridor, which last had passenger rail service in 1971.  It also is part of the corridor for future high speed rail (up to 110 MPH) under development by Ohio and its neighboring states.  With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Ohio’s 3C + D “Quick Start” plan would have initial conventional-speed service running by 2011, putting another travel choice in reach of more than 60% of Ohio’s population and is expected to carry 478,000 riders in the first year.

If you are unable to attend, information is also available for public review on MVRPC’s web site at

The public can also review the information at the MVRPC offices, One Dayton Center, One S. Main Street, Suite 260, Dayton, OH, 45402, during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). 
At all MVRPC public participation meetings, interpreters for hearing impaired individuals or bi-lingual interpreters are available upon request.   Requests should be made at least one week prior to the meeting date. Contact MVRPC at (937) 223-6323 or 1-800-750-0750 TTY/TDD to request an interpreter.

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission strives to foster collaboration among communities, stakeholders and residents to advance regional transportation priorities.  MVRPC is a forum and resource where these regional partners can identify priorities, develop public policy and implement collaborative strategies to improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the Miami Valley.  MVRPC performs various regional planning activities, including air quality, water quality, transportation, land use, research and GIS.  As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), MVRPC is responsible for transportation planning in Greene, Miami and Montgomery Counties and parts of northern Warren County.

For information regarding the Region’s Long Range Transportation Plan, contact Ana Ramirez, MVRPC’s Director of Long Range Planning & Engineering at (937) 223-6323 or via e-mail at .
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