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Ohio Transportation

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The Transportation System of Ohio consists of roadways, airways, railways and waterways.The Transportation System of Ohio consists of roadways, airways, railways and waterways. These are the lifelines for extensive passenger travel and cargo/freight transportation and provide vast intercity and interstate connectivity. The majority of the roads, rail systems and water ways are owned and maintained by the state government but some are private or federal entity. The Ohio Department of Transportation ( ODOT ) is actively working to uplift the transportation system and ease the traffic and congestion in the state. It maintains and manages all numbered highways. ODOT is involved in the planning, building and maintenance of the transportation infrastructure within the state of Ohio.

Some of the major Interstate Highways in Ohio:


I-70: It passes through the following counties: Franklin, Guernsey, Madison, Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Fairfield, Licking, Muskingum, and Belmont.

I-71: It begins from Cleveland and intersects at I-270 of Columbus before finally exiting at Cincinnati.

I- 74 : It starts from the Indiana border before exiting at the Cincinnati.

I-75: It runs from Cincinnati to Toledo before entering in Kentucky. It passes through Miami Valley before crossing into Michigan.

I-76: It starts from Cleveland and exits in Pennsylvania state line south of Youngstown.

I-77: It starts from Cleveland and passes through Akron before splitting again in southeastern Ohio. It also passes through West Virginia and North Carolina making it a major part of US Route 21.

I-80: It passes through most of the North of Ohio. It also provide a shortcut through northern Pennsylvania that provides access to New York City.


Bicycle and Pedestrian Services


ODOT has invested $98 million on bicycle and pedestrian routes across the states since 1992. Today, Ohio has more than 3,000 miles of designated bike paths used by an estimated 4 million bicycle owners [1].

Pedestrian Education Guides

Educating Child Pedestrians
Educating College-aged Pedestrians
Educating Alcohol Consumers
Educating Adult Pedestrians
Educating Older Pedestrians
Educating Drivers
Educating Commuters and Employees
Educating Transportation Officials and Decision Makers

Bicyclist Education Guides

Educating Children Ages 1 to 5
Educating Children Ages 5 to 8
Educating Children Ages 9 to 12
Educating Children Ages 13 to 17
Educating Adults
Educating Seniors
Educating Drivers

Trucking & Commercial Motor Carrier Services

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a division of U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) and it handles cases of DOT and ICC registration numbers and safety issues and at the state level, these cases are handles by Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)'s Transportation Department.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)


FMCSA works on improving the safety of lives, buses and trucks. Their mission is to reduce injuries, crashes and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. FMCSA is a division of U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT). Its responsiblities include national rules and regulations for safety and security, such as Hours of Service, Hazardous Materials, and Drug and Alcohol Testing standards.

For more information on FMCSA click here.

PUCO Motor Carrier Consumer Information


The PUCO registers motor carriers and make sure they follow all the federal and state safety standards. Commercial transportation companies in Ohio are public utilities under the jurisdiction of the PUCO.

For more information click here.

Ohio BMV Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

Access to documents and regulations regarding Ohio's CDL certification. Includes licence class requirement and definitions, hazardous material information, testing, fee information and more.

For more information, click here.

For Medical Waiver Information , click on the links below

Ohio BMV CDL Medical Waivers
PUCO's Medical Exam and Medical Waiver Page
FMCSA-Motor Carrier and Driver Laws

Ohio Rail Transportation


Ohio has 35 railroad companies operating the complete Rail TransportationOhio has 35 railroad companies operating the complete Rail Transportation and 5,484 miles of tracks operated. Ohio is 5th in the Nation with 8,329 freight railroad employees ($500 million in wages in Ohio). In 2005, freight railroads handled 315 million tons and 6.8 million rail cars in Ohio [2].

Amtrak stations in Ohio


Alliance, OH (ALC)
Platform only (no shelter)
820 East Main Street
Alliance, OH 44601

Find map here

Bryan, OH (BYN)
Station Building (with waiting room)
Paige and Lynn Street
Bryan, OH 43506

Find map here

Cincinnati, OH (CIN)
Union Station
Station Building (with waiting room)
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati Union Terminal
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Find map here

Cincinnati, OH (CIG)
Greyhound Bus Station
Station Building (with waiting room)
1005 Gilbert Avenue
Greyhound Station
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Find map here

Cleveland, OH (CLE)
Google Directions
Station Building (with waiting room)
200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Cleveland, OH 44114
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Columbus, OH (COL)
Greyhound Bus Station
111 East Town Street
Greyhound Station
Columbus, OH 43215

Find map here

Elyria, OH (ELY)
410 East River Road
Elyria, OH 44035

Find map here


Ohio Rail Development Commission


ORDC's mission is to improve movement of people and goods faster and safer through the rail network connecting Ohio to the USA and the world. They work on the coordination of freight and passenger rail system which is an integral part of a intermodal transportation network.

Contact Details
1980 W. Broad Street
Lower Level
Columbus, Ohio

For more information click here.

Ohio Rail Tourism Association


The mission of this association is to promote the Ohio rail tourism industry through information, education and cooperation of mutually benefiting projects by Ohio rail tourism operators and excursion sponsors, railroad companies, historical societies, museums, and displays.

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Operation Lifesaver


Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit, international continuing public education program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights-of-way [2].

Contact Details

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
1420 King Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
1-800-537-6224
Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : general@oli.org

For more information click here.

Ohio Byways


There are plenty of options for beautiful drives that showcase the beautyThere are plenty of options for beautiful drives that showcase the beauty of the Ohio State. There are many state highways having outstanding natural beauty and outstanding history.

Ohio’s NW Byways are:

  • Lake Erie Coastal Trail
  • Land of the Cross Tipped Churches
  • Lincoln Highway
  • Maumee Valley
  • Miami and Erie Canalway
  • Old Mill Stream

Ohio’s NE Byways are:

  • Amish Country
  • Heritage Corridors of Bath
  • Jefferson County
  • Tappan- Moravian Trail
  • North Ridge
  • Ohio and Erie Canalway
  • Wally Road

Ohio's Central Byways are:

  • Big Darby Plains
  • Gateway to Amish Country
  • Jefferson Township
  • Scenic Olentangy
  • Historic National Road

Ohio’s SW Byways are:

  • Accommodation Line
  • Lower Valley Pike
  • Ohio River
  • Presidential Pathways
  • Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail

Ohio’s SE Byways are:

  • Drover’s Trail
  • Hocking Hills
  • Morgan County
  • Welsh

For Byways map click here.

Ohio Air Transportation


The civil aviation sector of Ohio has contributed much to the passenger The civil aviation sector of Ohio has contributed much to the passenger and cargo transportation of the state. Majority of the airports are owned by the government but there are also few private airports. The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes and oversees all flight operations in Ohio. Some major airports which serve an integral part of the commercial operations include Port Columbus International Airport, Dayton International Airport, Akron-Canton Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport.


Dayton International Airport

The Dayton International Airport provides air service to meet the needs of travelers to and from Southwest Ohio. It is located near the “Crossroads of the America” Interstates 70 and 75. The main airlines Us Airways, Delta, United, US Airways and American.

Contact Details
3600 Terminal Dr
Dayton, OH, United States
1 937-454-8200
www.daytonairport.com


Ohio State University Airport

The Airport complex is also home to the Aeronautical & Astronautical Research Laboratory and the Gas Turbine Laboratory. The airport was established by university in support of an Aviation Program. The airport hosts students and researchers from other disciplines throughout the University.

Contact Details
2160 W Case Rd
Dublin, OH, United States
1 614-292-5460
www.osuairport.org


Akron-Canton Airport

The major airlines are Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Airlines and US Airways. Southwest Airlines flies nonstop to Atlanta, Boston, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Denver, New York City, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Orlando. Allegiant Airlines offers jets to Myrtle Beach, St. Pete – Clearwater (PIE) and Savannah – Hilton Head. US Airways, now part of American Airlines offers jet service to Washington, D.C (DCA)., Charlotte and Philadelphia, with connecting service to most major east coast cities, the Caribbean and Europe.

Contact Details
5400 Lauby Rd
North Canton, OH, United States
1 888-434-2359
www.akroncantonairport.com


Port Columbus International Airport
4600 International Gateway
Columbus, OH, United States
1 614-239-4000
flycolumbus.com


Toledo Express Airport
11013 Airport Hwy
Swanton, OH, United States
1 419-865-2351
www.toledoexpress.com


Bolton Field-Tzr
2000 Norton Rd
Columbus, OH, United States
1 866-835-5322
www.faa.gov


Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 N Marginal Rd
Cleveland, OH, United States
1 216-781-6411
www.burkeairport.com

Ohio Water Transportation


The Port of Cleveland creates many jobs for the youth population in the region.


Water transportation is the common mode of transfer used for recreational tour or sightseeing, cargo, fishing and passenger travel. Several ports connect with many islands, coastal areas and harbours. Ohio truly is a Maritime State with 716 miles of navigable waterways surrounding the state on three sides. Ohio is 8th in the Nation for total water tonnage moved. Ohio’s River Terminals also provide access to the Gulf of Mexico, markets in Central and South America, the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Pacific Ocean and Asian markets via the Panama Canal


Port of Ashtabula

Port of Ashtabula was established in the late 1700's and it has been an important commercial harbor on the Great Lakes. It is an important port for coal, iron ore, limestone and sand.


Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland creates many jobs for the youth population in the region. It is a key to Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness, and a crucial partner in building Cuyahoga County’s future. It connects private investors with landmark projects throughout the region. The Port is also an environmental steward of Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River, two of our area’s greatest natural assets.

Contact Details
1100 West 9th Street – Suite 300
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216-241-8004
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Ohio Department of Transportation


The Ohio Department of Transportation ( ODOT ) is actively working to uplift the transportation system and ease the traffic and congestion in the state. It maintains and manages all numbered highways. ODOT is involved in the planning, building and maintenance of the transportation infrastructure within the state of Ohio.

Contact Details
Ohio Department of Transportation Central Office
1980 W. Broad St. ( U.S. 40 )
Columbus, OH 43223

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Get real time Ohio Traffic updates here.
Find ODOT's 2015 Construction area here
Find project information here.
Find Ohio Turnpike information here
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References
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  1. Bicycle and Pedestrian Services
  2. Rail Transportation

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