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Tri-State Trails endorses Issue 7

Friday, March 6, 2020 by Wade Johnston

EDIT: The Ohio primary election has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Absentee ballots are being accepted through April 28, 2020. For more information on how to vote yes on Issue 7, visit the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.

When people don’t have to rely on cars alone to get around, economies are stronger, populations are healthier and communities are better connected. That’s why Tri-State Trails is committed to expanding our region’s trail and bikeway network—and why we support Issue 7.

Issue 7 is a transit levy that would fund multi-modal transportation in Hamilton County. This means more resources to improve the Metro bus system and repair our bridges and roads. If passed on primary day, March 17, the measure will provide $100 million for transit and $30 million for infrastructure each year. This will be done by instituting a 0.8% countywide sales tax and repealing the city’s 0.3% earnings tax. You can learn more about the specifics here.

Buses are a crucial part of a transportation system that emboldens us all to lead more active lifestyles. Each Metro bus has two bike racks, allowing riders to more easily split their commutes between busing and biking. When bus routes connect to safe and convenient trails, bikeways and sidewalks, our region becomes more accessible to everyone—regardless of age, income level and ability—and more supportive of living car-free or car-lite, particularly in the urban core. 

Our community has a tremendous need for this type of connectivity. In 2015, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber found that 77.5% of jobs in the Tri-State can not be reached within a 90-minute one-way commute via public transportation. By improving access to alternative modes of transportation, we strengthen our economy. People want to live in well-connected places. Businesses want to invest in places where people want to live. It’s that simple.

A robust transportation network also improves environmental sustainability. Fewer cars on the road means less traffic congestion, better air quality and a reduced carbon footprint. And that’s good for everyone—drivers, bikers and pedestrians alike.

For more transportation options that better connect our region, vote yes on Issue 7.

Tri-State Trails and its founding organization Green Umbrella endorse Issue 7.

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