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Market Street Transit-Oriented Development Plan Kicks Off Outreach Events

WRTA’s Market Street Corridor Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning begins its public outreach events with information displays at the African-American Men’s Wellness Walk and the Boardman Park Family Fun Night, both on Saturday, August 14, and an online survey to gather public input from WRTA customers and Boardman and Youngstown residents.

WRTA, the City of Youngstown and Boardman Township are collaborating on this plan, which will propose improvements to transit and customer amenities, bus service and other transportation improvements, and strategies to attract new development and investment in the Market Street corridor, extending from YSU and downtown Youngstown to Southern Park Mall and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman Township.

The TOD plan is analyzing transportation and community needs in the corridor and will recommend packages of transportation and development improvements to provide residents access to jobs and other opportunities in the corridor and throughout the Mahoning Valley through connections to WRTA’s county-wide bus system.

The plan will propose improvements to bus service and bus stops, sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks, and traffic control systems to make Market Street safer and easier to use for bus riders, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The TOD plan will also recommend land use and zoning updates to make neighborhoods along the corridor more walkable and enhance their development potential. The TOD planning team is working with planning officials and developers to access public and private grant programs to help finance new, transit-supportive development.

In addition to the events on August 14, WRTA will be providing information about the plan and gathering input from the public at this year’s Canfield Fair. Other public events and meetings will be conducted in the corridor in September and October.

We Want to Hear From You

To better understand the corridor needs and wants, planning officials want to hear from you.

Use this link to take a survey about transportation and land use choices.

Questions or comments can be submitted to wrtatod@gmail.com.