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Making the Grade

March 29th, 2017

AMATS hosted a March 14 meeting in downtown Akron as part of its federal certification review as the Greater Akron area’s metropolitan planning organization.  The public was invited to share their thoughts regarding the agency with Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration officials.

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Talking with Jasen

March 23rd, 2017

AMATS Director Curtis Baker was a guest on WAKR-AM’s mid-day program, The Jasen Sokol Show, on March 22.  The director talked about the Greater Akron area’s draft Transportation Outlook 2040 and draft Transportation Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2021, both of which are available for public review and comment between March 27 and April 7.To […]

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What A Year!

What A Year!

March 1st, 2017

AMATS is pleased to announce that the 2016 Annual Report is now available. The report summarizes the agency’s significant accomplishments through the year, such as the completion of major components for the upcoming Transportation Outlook 2040, a record year for project funding, and new innovations in our traffic counting programs. Other features concern the Connecting […]

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Area crash totals on the rise

January 26th, 2017

The number of traffic crashes on Greater Akron area roadways and intersections increased between 2013 and 2015, according to the latest three-year crash report compiled by AMATS. This upward trend is a continuation of one that began in 2009, when area crashes hit their low point, and is similar to overall trends across Ohio and […]

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Beware the Bikes of March!

December 20th, 2016

Effective March 19, 2017, Ohio motorists must keep a 3-foot “safe distance” when passing bicyclists.  Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 154, which defines the distance, on Dec. 19.  AMATS officials recently expressed their support for this legislation, which has been supported by the Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF), since 2009.The OBF is a non-profit, statewide advocacy organization […]

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Baker named director of AMATS

December 1st, 2016

After serving for 11 months as the agency’s interim director, Curtis Baker was named director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), the metropolitan planning organization serving the Greater Akron area. Baker has been serving as interim director since Jan. 4 and was unanimously endorsed by the AMATS Policy Committee for the directorship in […]

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What will Ohio’s Political Scene be in 2017?

October 19th, 2016

Dr. Alison Goebel, the interim executive director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC), shared the center’s insights as to what the Buckeye State’s political landscape may look like in 2017. Dr. Goebel was the featured speaker during the AMATS Annual Meeting on Oct. 7. During her presentation, she told the attendees that debates concerning […]

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What a year it was!

October 17th, 2016

The funding of $24 million in projects, the completion of the Preservation Needs Report, and the awarding of several Connecting Communities grants were just some of the more notable achievements of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) during 2016, according to its interim director, Curtis Baker. Baker kicked off the Oct. 7 AMATS Annual […]

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AMATS Annual Meeting 10.7.16

August 10th, 2016

This year’s AMATS Annual Meeting will take place on October 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. The day will begin at 8:30am with registration and a continental breakfast. We will be hearing about transportation issues in Ohio from Alison Goebel, interim director of Greater Ohio Policy Center, as well as a discussion about […]

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2016 Connecting Communities grants announced

July 21st, 2016

The AMATS Connecting Communities Program awarded grants totaling $115,200 to the communities of Kent – in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) – Hudson, Twinsburg and Green.  Approved by the AMATS Policy Committee on July 21, the program’s funding will be used to prepare studies that promote communitywide connectivity.The AMATS Connecting Communities Program encourages the […]

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