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The chief aim of design – and hence, of any designer – should be to communicate the message with clarity, flair and aesthetic appeal. City of Akron, Graphics Graphic Designer, corporate identity, annual reports, advertising, collateral material, information design, trade show design


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Bob Williams-Graphic Design™ Owner/Graphic Designer, executed/integrated marketing plans through design and production of print media, identity materials, trade show displays and outdoor advertising. Clients, Akron General Medical Center, Bath Veterinary Clinic, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, City of Cuyahoga Falls, Dairy Queen, Fomo Products, Industrial Tube & Steel, various others

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r Screen Printing and Graphic Arts Lead Artist: Brian Parsons July 9 – August 8 M T W 9:30-3:00 Saturday, July 28, 5:30-7:30 Work to create art/design and produce the images by silkscreen. Experiment with paper, cloth, stickers, bags, shirts, patches, wood, etc. Apprentices will also explore marketing research and merchandising. Graphic design studies, production and logo design are also examined in this component. t The Voices of Akron: Stories from the Edge Lead Artists: Sean McConaha and Sean Derry of The Bang and the Clatter Theatre July 9 – August 9 M T W TH 9:30-2:30 Saturday, August 4, 5:30-7:30 This theatre intensive will focus on the stories of Akron’s teens. Perform original monologues written by students from Northeast Ohio. The workshop will include all aspects of theatre training and will culminate with public performances at the Bang and the Clatter Theatre Company. Come prepared with a one to two minute memorized monologue. y Akron: Past, Present, and Future Lead Artist: Wayne Sheppard July 9 – August 3 M T W TH F 9:30-3:00 Saturday, August 4, 5:30-7:30 Create an exciting dimensional mixed media assemblage mural that will portray the city of Akron (past, present and future) in the Historical District near the heart of the city at Main and Market. Consult with Jill and Tony Troppe, owners of The Mocha Maiden Coffee House, Art Gallery and gift shop, and the Musica Sound Stage, to create the mural using historic recyclable materials and other media. u Gateway to the Arts: Entrances to the Northside District Lead Artist: Todd Volkmer DATES: July 9 – Aug 3 M T W TH F 9:30-3:30 Saturday, July 28, 5:30-7:30 Create a pair of massive 3-D public art installations to act as an identifier for the Northside Arts District including

initial design and layout to the final installation. Work within the Arts district and work with local artist Todd V, owner of, the, and Curator of Red Light Galleries. Work with many different materials and techniques that will help provide a well-rounded introduction to the world of the working artist.

Application: Please submit this application to our office no later than April 27, 2007. You will be contacted with an assigned interview time for either Saturday May 12th or 19th.

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DONALD L. PLUSQUELLIC, MAYOR Produced by the City of Akron, Mayor’s Office of Arts Programs

Visit Our Art Walk Every First Saturday of the Month 5 –10 p.m.

1. Akron Glass Works Akron Glass Works is a private studio that welcomes the public to view the glassblowing process. Browse the gift gallery for unique gift ideas. Group tours and seasonal workshops available. Every Saturday Evening is Demo Night at Akron Glass Works – 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.- Free 106 N. Main Street 330.253.5888 2. Millworks Gallery Inc. Millworks Gallery represents regional contemporary artists in all mediums. 106 N. Main Street 330.807.0575 3. Roush Studios Artist George Roush specializes in large-scale abstract painting. 106 N. Main Street 330.701.9705 4. Architectural Greenery Inc. Over 20 years of experience in interior plantscaping design, installation, and maintenance for commercial, residential and special events. 106 N. Main Street 330.253.8050 5. Northside Blues & Bistro Loud food and spicy music. Enjoy live performances by local artists. Snook’s Ground Floor Gallery Wine Bar Shows work of local artists, sculptures and paintings. 111 N. Main Street 330.434.7625 6. Red Light Galleries A collection of working studios and galleries open to the public, featuring a retail gallery and educational opportunities. Meet the artists where they create! 111 N. Main Street 330.434.7625 7. Zeber Martell Clay Studio Beautiful one-of-a-kind pottery handcrafted by celebrated artists Michael Martell and Claudia Zeber-Martell. 43 Furnace 330.253.3808

8. Fred Yoder Studio Fine art impressionist and expressionist landscape paintings. 43 Furnace 330.212.9225 9. Magoun Pewter Custom castings and design. 43 Furnace 330.253.1987 10. Kathleen Lucas Walls Studio One-of-a-kind jewelry, handbags, and accessories incorporating antique, vintage and contemporary elements. 43 Furnace 330.990.2188 11. Chris Klassen Studio Nationally recognized painter- colorful, layered abstracts and landscapes. 43 Furnace 330.761.1940 12. Neil Leeson Décor Floral Neil Leeson Decor Floral is a full-service wedding & event design company available for travel throughout the United States. 43 Furnace 330.535.0220 13. Bell Harp Tech Maintenance, creation and restoration of the harp. 43 Furnace 330.762.7038 14. Mocha Maiden Gallery and Boutique Sip a delightful brew while you browse the gallery - a showcase of leaded glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings and other creative works by talented local artists. 17 Maiden Lane 330.374.1114 15. Musica Musica showcases up-and-coming performance talent. 19 Maiden Lane 330.374.1114

16. Akron Art Museum The widely acclaimed new facility showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The collection ranges from American Impressionism to contemporary art. A dozen special exhibitions each year present celebrated artists in various media, including painting, sculpture, glass, photography and video. One South High 330-376-9185 17.Summit Artspace Summit Artspace Gallery features continuously changing exhibitions by local artists plus related arts activities in its two classrooms. Gallery Hours During Exhibitions Thursday-Saturday, Noon-5pm 140 East Market Street 330.376.8480 18. The Bang and the Clatter Theatre Company A contemporary, edgy theatre, The Bang and the Clatter Theatre Company features premiere material in an up close and personal environment. 140 East Market Street 330.606.5317 19. Troy Myers Studio Fine and textile art and clothing construction. 129 N. Summit Street 330.379.1105 Coordinator of Arts & Children’s Programs: Suzie Graham Brochure Design: Todd Volkmer Map Art: Sandra Holata Photography: Bruce Ford Brochure Collaboration: Bob Williams

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PLANNING ACTIVITIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 AMATS FINANCIAL DATA FOR FY 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15



Message from the Policy Committee Chairman, Greg Bachman I am pleased to report the accomplishments of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) during 2007. Among the agency’s notable accomplishments were: completion of a new Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); compilation of a future highway congestion study; and development of a new public participation plan.

Greg Bachman 2007 AMATS Policy Committee Chairman

The agency also took significant steps in the development of Transportation Outlook, the upcoming 2030 Regional Transportation Plan. A Plan Update Subcommittee responsible for developing Transportation Outlook was formed and a future development forecast was completed.

On the air quality-planning front, AMATS issued a set of recommendations to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding particulate matter pollution. Other achievements included the completion of a Transit Coverage and Performance Report and an analysis of traffic crashes from 2003 through 2005. The year was notable in other aspects as well. The area received a record level of funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Program (HSP). The current TIP includes nearly $13 million in HSP funds allocated for various projects. This is almost double the $7 million in HSP funds, which were allocated in the previous TIP. I hope that you find the information contained within these pages to be useful and enlightening. Greg Bachman, P.E., P.S. Summit County Engineer 2007 AMATS Policy Committee Chairman


Organization The Metropolitan Transportation Policy Committee, together with the assistance of the Staff and two committees, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Citizens Involvement Committee (CIC), form the foundation of the area’s transportation planning process. The organization of AMATS and the interrelationship between the Staff and committees is depicted in the accompanying graphic.

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Summit County Engineer Greg Bachman and City of Kent Service Director Gene Roberts served as chairman and vice-chairman of the 43-member Metropolitan Transportation Policy Committee in 2007.

City of Akron Traffic Engineer Dave Gasper and City of Cuyahoga Falls Engineer Tony Demasi led the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) as chairman and vice chairman during 2007.

Tallmadge resident Michael A. Ondecker and Boston Heights Village Mayor Bill Goncy led the Citizens Involvement Committee (CIC) as chairperson and vice chairperson in 2007.

The TAC advises the Policy Committee on funding and technical issues relating to the planning process. Planners and engineers representing municipalities, counties and other local agencies serve as members of the TAC. Members of the TAC also serve on the Plan Update Subcommittee, responsible for the development of the Regional Transportation Plan, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Subcommittee, responsible for developing the four-year capital improvements program.

The CIC is an important forum through which the Policy Committee receives public opinion. The CIC relays public concerns and comments regarding ransportation issues to the Policy Committee and Staff for consideration during the transportation planning process.

The Policy Committee is the decisionmaking body responsible for overseeing the regional transportation planning process. Its responsibilities include development of the Regional Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program. The elected leaders of cities, villages, and counties together with representatives from regional transit authorities and the Ohio Department of Transportation are members of the committee.

Staff Kenneth A. Hanson led the Staff as Study Director in 2007. The Staff assists the Policy Committee throughout the planning process and accomplishes the technical work of the agency. The Staff prepares transportation plans and various other reports, studies and recommendations for consideration and subsequent action by the Policy Committee. The Staff is comprised of planners, engineers and other support staff.


Planning Activities This section summarizes some of the significant planning activities undertaken by AMATS during 2007. Traffic Crashes 2003-2005 - In May, the AMATS Policy Committee approved the Traffic Crashes 2003-2005 Report. The report will help AMATS identify and prioritize projects eligible for federal Highway Safety Program (HSP) funds. The report analyzes traffic crashes based on crash records provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. AMATS completed the arterial and intersection analyses and ODOT provided the freeway analyses. Locations identified in the report will be analyzed further in the Safety Needs

Report, which will recommend safety improvements for the highest crash locations. Projects to improve these locations will be considered for inclusion in Transportation Outlook. Public Participation Plan - The Policy Committee approved the Public Participation Plan in January. The Public Participation Plan explains how the public can become involved in the transportation planning process and provides opportunities to comment during Policy Committee meetings. The plan is designed to: Seek and consider input from interested citizens in the AMATS region. Provide public access to the decision-making process Provide information to citizens on the transportation planning process. The plan also streamlines the way in which the agency disseminates information by utilizing the AMATS web site.


Traffic Counts - AMATS monitors the number of vehicles traveling major highways and at major intersections. The agency compiles traffic count data for a variety of reasons including congestion studies, crash studies, traffic signal warrants, travel model validation, and member requests. Both AMATS and ODOT conduct traffic counts on a regular basis. AMATS conducted a total of 11 intersection counts and 426 highway segment counts during 2007. Transit Coverage and Performance Report - In September, AMATS completed its Transit Coverage and Performance Report. The report evaluates how well METRO RTA and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) serve the citizens of the Akron metropolitan area and compares them with other similar-sized transit authorities from across the United States. The report made recommendations to extend

service hours and to establish more intercounty service. The report also says that METRO RTA should expand its express route service to Cleveland and that PARTA should consider providing service to the cities of Aurora and Streetsboro. Air Quality Planning - High temperatures caused uncommonly large amounts of ozone to form during the 2007 ozone season, which began in April and ended in September. Heat, combined with sunlight, causes hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen to react in the air and form ozone, also commonly known as smog. There were 11 days during which one or more of the eight-county ClevelandAkron area's air quality monitors reported ozone concentrations exceeding the federal standard of 85 parts per billion (PPB) over an eight-hour period. In the AMATS area alone, nine exceedances were recorded at the air quality monitor at

Regional Transportation Plan Patterson Park in Summit County and three exceedances were recorded at the air quality monitor at Lake Rockwell in Portage County. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) averages the fourth highest reading over three years at each monitor in the area. This three-year average must be below 85 PPB at each monitor or the area is in “non-attainment,” that is, in violation of the federal standard. Summit County’s fourth highest eight-hour average for 2007 was 90 PPB, exceeding the standard. Portage County’s fourth highest eight-hour average for 2007 was 85 PPB. In order to meet the eight-hour ozone standard, each county in the non-attainment area must average below 85 PPB in 2007, 2008, and 2009. AMATS continued to work with the Ohio EPA in developing a new State Implementation Plan (SIP) for attaining federal fine particle pollution standards in the eightcounty Cleveland-Akron area. The

USEPA designated the area as being in non-attainment of the federal fine particle standard in 2004. Fine particle pollution, also called PM2.5, is made up of particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. PM2.5 is a mixture of microscopic solids and liquid droplets suspended in air and can be emitted directly, such as smoke from a fire, or formed in the atmosphere from industrial and vehicular emissions. The OEPA must submit a SIP to the USEPA in 2008 that outlines how the state will meet the federal fine particle pollution attainment deadline of 2010. In September, the Policy Committee adopted a set of recommendations to the OEPA aimed at lowering the level of fine particle pollution in the Cleveland-Akron area. The recommendations included a mix of mandatory and voluntary pollution reduction programs. The OEPA informed AMATS in October that the committee’s recommendations were being considered by the agency.

A primary responsibility of AMATS is to prepare the Regional Transportation Plan used by local government officials to pursue transportation improvements with federal funds. Updated every four years, the Plan identifies the transportation needs of the area, prioritizes those needs and recommends highway, public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements. In 2007, AMATS made significant achievements in the preparation of Transportation Outlook, the next Regional Transportation Plan. Plan Update Subcommittee - The Plan will be called Transportation Outlook and will extend to the year 2030. The AMATS Policy Committee appointed a Plan Update Subcommittee to guide the development of Transportation Outlook. Chaired by 2007 Policy Committee Chairman and Summit County Engineer Greg Bachman, the subcommittee is composed of representatives from Summit and Portage counties, METRO RTA, the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority and ODOT.

Transportation Outlook: Goals and Objectives Goal 1 - The transportation planning process shall consider the planning objectives of area communities. Goal 2 - The transportation system should be safe and secure. Goal 3 - The transportation system should minimize adverse environmental impacts. Goal 4 - The transportation system should provide mobility for all persons. Goal 5 - The transportation system should be economically sound. Goal 6 - The transportation system should provide for efficient travel. Goal 7 - The existing transportation system should be preserved and maintained. Goal 8 - The transportation system should support the economic vitality of the area.

The subcommittee met twice in 2007 to discuss regional growth and development trends, the Plan’s overall focus


Transportation Improvement Program and philosophy, funding, and project selection issues. The subcommittee also updated the AMATS Goals and Objectives, which will provide general guidelines for conducting the regional transportation planning process.

percent between now and 2030. This growth is mainly attributed to retail, service and wholesale sector growth. Manufacturing is projected to decline, which mirrors state and national trends.

2030 Planning Data Forecast - In January, AMATS completed the 2030 Planning Data Forecast which projects population and employment out to 2030.

To satisfy the employment growth, the region is expected to attract more workers from outside its boundaries. It is assumed that Stark, Medina and Cuyahoga counties will provide most of the workers who travel to the region to work. This underscores the continuing trend of employees driving greater distances between home and work.

The forecast identified several trends for the area. The area’s population is expected to grow by 4.3 percent between now and 2030. Similar to national trends, growth is expected to take place in suburban areas. The populations of Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls are projected to either decline or stabilize, while relatively high growth is expected for the northern and southern areas of Summit County. In Portage County, the northwestern area is expected to experience high growth, while the rest of the county will grow at a rate similar to the region. The Akron Metropolitan area is expected to experience slow, but steady growth in most employment sectors. The region’s employment is expected to grow by 18


Travel Demand Model - In January, AMATS and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) completed the update of AMATS’ new travel demand model. The model is a system of software that the agency uses to forecast traffic volumes on the area’s roadways. The new model will be used in conjunction with the 2030 Planning Data Forecast. The model is an important tool that AMATS uses not only in the preparation of transportation Outlook, but also in air quality analyses and roadway design work. 2030 Future Highway Congestion Study - In October, AMATS completed

the 2030 Future Highway Congestion Study. The study is a comprehensive forecast and analysis of future traffic congestion on the area’s roadways. Completion of the study was one of the initial steps in the preparation of Transportation Outlook. The study bears mixed news for the area. The area’s levels of freeway and arterial traffic congestion are expected to increase over the next two decades, but at a rate slower than the national average due to anticipated weak population growth. The study shows that the percentage of congested freeways will increase from 33 percent in 2006 to 44 percent by 2030. Likewise, the percentage of congested arterial segments will climb from 12 percent to 29 percent during the period.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the area’s four-year program of transportation improvements scheduled to receive federal funds. A project must be approved by the Policy Committee and included in the TIP to be eligible to receive federal funds. The TIP is updated every two years. In May, the Policy Committee approved a new TIP. Spanning fiscal years 2008 through 2011, the new TIP contains projects totaling approximately $547 million. AMATS-funded projects comprise slightly more than $125 million of this total.

AMATS-Funded Projects AMATS receives nearly $22 million in federal funds annually and distributes this funding among highway, public transportation and bikeway projects, with approximately two-thirds of its funding going to highway improvements. During Fiscal Year 2007, AMATS provided nearly $16 million for various highway, public transportation and bikeway projects. Summaries of AMATS-funded projects are presented by category. Highway Projects Among the significant highway projects to receive AMATS assistance were: A major improvement project on West Market Street, from Pershing Avenue to N. Hawkins Avenue, in Akron. A major improvement project on Steels Corners Road, from State Route 8 through the Hudson Drive intersection, in Stow. Public Transportation Public transportation is a vital element in the area’s transportation system. AMATS works closely with the area’s public transportation authorities: METRO RTA of Summit County and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) of Portage County. AMATS approved slightly more than $10 million for public transportation projects in 2007.

In March, ODOT announced that United Disability Services would be awarded $85,000 in Specialized Transportation Program funds and that the Interval Brotherhood Home would receive slightly more than $31,000. The program provides vehicles to social service agencies that transport elderly persons and persons with disabilities. AMATS assisted these agencies in securing these funds. Bikeways The area also made significant strides in terms of bikeway projects during the year. Some of the bikeway projects that moved forward in 2007 were: A bikeway underpass constructed under Waterloo Road in Akron for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. This was done in conjunction with the replacement of the bridge. A project to continue the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, from the Ash Street-Quaker Street intersection to north of the Akron Innerbelt (State Route 59), in Akron. Safety Projects 2007 was a landmark year for the advancement of a number of safety improvement projects throughout the area. ODOT partnered with AMATS to provide Highway Safety Program (HSP) funds so that several AMATS projects could be fully funded. In June, ODOT’s

Safety Program Committee announced that four area projects would receive more than $7 million in state HSP funds. Because funding is becoming increasingly scarce, such partnerships are likely to play a more prominent role in the future. The Safety Program Committee approved $5 million for construction of a five-lane widening and railroad underpass on State Route 82 in Macedonia, spanning from South Bedford Road to east of Crow Drive. The committee also approved $2 million for construction of a four-lane widening on State Route 43 in Aurora, spanning from State Route 82 to Squires Road. The committee approved $350,000 for preliminary engineering on the State Route 18-Montrose West Avenue relocation project in Copley Township. The committee also approved $178,000 for preliminary engineering and construction of an intersection improvement project on Fifth Street SE in Barberton

to just north of Interstate 271 in Northfield Center Township and Macedonia. In June, almost two years to the day after a groundbreaking ceremony, the $13 million widening of State Route 43 in Brimfield Township was completed. The project extends 3.5 miles from Tallmadge Road to Meloy Road. Since 1991, AMATS committed roughly $4.5 million to various phases of this project, including preliminary engineering, land acquisition and construction. In October, METRO RTA broke ground on a new $17 million bus terminal located at Bartges Street and Broadway in Akron. Upon completion, the off-street terminal will serve as the central transfer point of the METRO RTA bus system.

Other Major Projects In February, the $91 million first phase of the two-phase project to upgrade State Route 8 from a major arterial to a limited-access freeway in northern Summit County began. The project extends from south of Twinsburg Road 11


OhioRideshare - OhioRideshare is a free public service that gives residents from 13 counties in Northeast Ohio the ability to identify carpool partners quickly and securely online. AMATS offers this service as a cooperative effort with the neighboring planning organizations, Eastgate and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. AMATS regularly contacts employers to promote OhioRideshare and provides materials, such as fliers and brochures, to help firms promote carpooling among their employees.

During the year, several area employers agreed to post the program’s web site,, as a link on their corporate web sites so that their employees could begin conducting carpool searches immediately. AMATS also purchased advertisements with several area newspapers throughout the year to promote public awareness of its services. Rising gas prices coupled with the program’s promotional efforts appear to have increased interest in OhioRideshare. The program began 2007 with 43 registrants. By the end of the year, nearly 300 participants in the Akron area were registered with

OhioRideshare, an increase of nearly 595 percent in registration. Aerial Photography – AMATS maintains a library of aerial photos dating back to 1963 for its land use planning activities. Communities, businesses, developers, and realtors use these photos for various commercial and planning activities. During 2007, AMATS received 61 orders for aerial photos and produced 262 copies for members of the public.

traffic signal studies and dissemination of data. AMATS frequently receives requests from local communities to analyze the manner in which zoning and subdivision changes may impact the surrounding transportation system. AMATS conducted a total of 113 reviews in 2007.

Zoning and Subdivision Reviews – AMATS provides many services for local communities. Among the services provided are reviews of zoning and subdivision proposals, intersection and

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AMATS Financial Data for FY 2007 AMATS receives an annual budget to cover all staffing-related expenses. Federal, state and local funds comprise this annual budget. The federal contribution to the budget is 80 percent, with the state and local contributions at 10 percent each.


FRINGES $405,041

OVERHEAD $188,160



OTHER $785

STATE $116,675

LOCAL $117,086



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2007 POLICY COMMITTEE MEMBERS Chairman - Mr. Greg Bachman Vice Chairman - Mr. Gene Roberts AKRON - Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic

RAVENNA - Mayor Kevin T. Poland

AURORA - Mayor Lynn McGill

REMINDERVILLE - Mayor Sam K. Alonso

BARBERTON - Mayor Randy Hart

RICHFIELD - Mayor Michael K. Lyons

BOSTON HEIGHTS - Mayor Raymond McFall

SILVER LAKE - Mayor Bernie Hovey

BRADY LAKE - Mayor Hal Lehman

STOW - Mayor Karen Fritschel

CLINTON - Mayor Phyllis Mayberry

STREETSBORO - Mayor Mark J. Pavlick

CUYAHOGA FALLS - Mayor Don L. Robart

SUGAR BUSH KNOLLS - Mayor Nancy S. Carstensen

DOYLESTOWN - Mayor Terry L. Lindeman

TALLMADGE - Mayor Christopher B. Grimm

FAIRLAWN - Mayor William J. Roth

TWINSBURG - Mayor Katherine A. Procop

GARRETTSVILLE - Mayor Craig Moser


GREEN - Mayor Dan Croghan


HIRAM - Mayor Robert Summers

SUMMIT COUNTY - Mr. Patrick D'Andrea

HUDSON - Mayor William A. Currin

SUMMIT COUNTY - Mr. Peter Zaehringer

KENT - Mr. David Ruller


MACEDONIA - Mayor Don Kuchta


MANTUA - Mayor Claude Hopkins


MOGADORE - Mayor Steve Marks


MUNROE FALLS - Mayor Frank Larson

WAYNE COUNTY - Mr. Mark Spademan

NEW FRANKLIN - Mayor Al Bollas

ODOT - Mr. Eric M. Czetli

NORTHFIELD - Mayor Victor F. Milani

METRO RTA - Mr. Bernard Bear

NORTON - Mayor James Price

PARTA - Mr. Rick Bissler

PENINSULA - Mayor Michael J. Kaplan


Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study 806 CitiCenter • 146 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308-1423 Phone: (330) 375-2436 • Fax: (330) 375-2275 Web Site:

This report was prepared by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Village, City and County governments of Portage and Summit counties and Chippewa Township in Wayne County. The contents of this report reflect the views of AMATS, which is responsible for the facts and accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official view and policies of the Ohio and/or U.S. Department of Transportation. This report does not constitute a standard, specification or regulation.


FOR 2007

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