Thank you all for your interest in the 2014 Ohio Transit Summit. We have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and support for this important meeting in order to give Ohioans the 21st Century transportation system we deserve and can afford.

Unfortunately some scheduling conflicts came up among our panelists and others who we would like to have join us at this event. After all, this summit is nothing without important decision-makers in the room to act on our activism.

In order to accommodate all schedules, we have decided to postpone until the fall. If you bought a ticket already, you will be reimbursed at your request or we will honor it at the new fall date.

Thank you all for your support and interest. Stay tuned for the fall date.

Ohio Transit Summit

May 10, 2014 in Columbus, OH

Ohio Transit Summit to Host Statewide Business and Political Leaders in Columbus

Public transportation advocates from across the state will be gathering for a day-long summit to present challenges, political realities, and a vision for a 21st Century transportation system in Ohio.

Representatives from transit, business, and public officials will convene to hold moderated discussions led by The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Enterprise Opinion Writer, Julie Zimmerman. Below is a selection of confirmed guests as of this release.

  • Business: Richard Pace of Cumberland Development in Cleveland, Chet Ridenour of car2go in Columbus
  • Transit: Joe Calabrese of Cleveland’s RTA, Paul Grether of Cincinnati’s SORTA, and James Gee of Toledo’s TARTA and the Ohio Public Transit Association.
  • Elected Officials: Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young, Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy,

Following moderated discussions and a brief lunch break, Jason Segedy of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study will offer a feature presentation on Ohio transportation, including funding and development strategies that will bolster the state’s economic opportunity, lower carbon emissions, and continue to lure young professionals who increasingly prefer a car-free or lite lifestyle.

Admission for this inaugural annual event will be $15 in advance, $20 at the door with proceeds going toward transportation advocacy programs within the state. Guests can purchase their ticket at Eventbrite.

Joe Baur of the Cleveland RTA Citizens Advisory Board, Seth Josolowitz of Transit Columbus, and Derek Bauman of Cincinnatians For Progress are organizing the Ohio Transit Summit.

“The state of Ohio is one of the most urbanized states in the country, yet ranks near the bottom in funding public transportation,” says Baur, a car-free Downtown Cleveland resident. “This summit is a non-partisan event designed to educate the public about these important issues as well as present strategies to change the state’s anti-transit bias so that all Ohioans, regardless of socioeconomic class, have the ability to access economic opportunity.”

The 2014 Ohio Transit Summit will convene on May 10, 2014 at the Sheraton on Capitol Square in Columbus at 9 a.m. Additional details, registration information, and a schedule will be posted at

For questions, comments or interviews, please refer to the contact information below.

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Joe Baur, RTA Citizens Advisory Board: 216.704-5179;

Seth Josolowitz, Transit Columbus: 614.202.9214;

Derek Bauman, Cincinnatians For Progress: 513.262.0345

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