VIDEO: UC Students, Transportation Experts Pitch Their Ideas for Wasson Corridor

As part of UrbanCincy‘s ongoing partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s Community Design Center, we gathered interested members of the public at the Niehoff Studio in Corryville on April 17 to view the work of students studying the Wasson Corridor.

As with previous events we have hosted at the Niehoff Studio, a capacity crowd attended to not only view the student work, but also participate in a panel discussion with regional experts on the topic. At this event, UrbanCincy‘s Jake Mecklenborg moderated the discussion.

The topic of discussion and the proposals put forth by the interdisciplinary students carried even greater weight as the City of Cincinnati allocated $1.9 million for a variety of bike projects, including $200,000 for the Wasson Way Trail. The City has also recently made an offer to purchase the Wasson Corridor for $2 million from Norfolk Southern who abandoned the rail line years ago.

While the Wasson Way Trail envisions a recreational bicycle and pedestrian trail running along the Wasson Corridor, many now view it as a component of a multi-modal transportation corridor that includes a long-planned light rail line.

Mayor John Cranley’s (D) administration appears to be focused on investing in recreational bike/ped trails, which is good, but the development of the Wasson Corridor should include both the proposed recreational trail and room for light rail tracks.

Fortunately, what was once viewed as a project that pitted light rail advocates against biking advocates has changed drastically since UrbanCincy‘s controversial editorial on the matter in 2012. There now appears to be broad consensus from both sides that the corridor should be developed in a comprehensive, multi-modal fashion.

  • Shannon McDaniel Brower

    I love this idea but not having attended this meeting, I have no idea how they are going to get bike/pedestrian traffic across Madison Road between Zumstein Avenue and Edwards Road. Trains with gates are one thing, but bike/ped crossings would be another.

    • http://www.UrbanCincy.com/ Randy A. Simes

      You are absolutely right. That intersection is a real mess right now, but a project like this offers a golden opportunity to fix that. Perhaps the intersection could be reconfigured to work with both elements and be designed in a more cohesive manner for drivers as well.

  • Joseph Jebidiah Jeremiah Lippe

    Cranley is 100% behind the Wasson Way bike path. Wasson way bike path supporters were HUGE Cranley supporters in Nov. Cranley has made it known he will not support commuter rail in any capacity & he will ACTIVELY work to shut down all projects since his streetcar loss(Publicly and privately). Be careful rushing into anything. I would not trust any of these ‘we’ll put in light rail at a later debate’ promises unless its in contract or writing. Cranley will stop at nothing to politically avenge his streetcar loss and he will stop at nothing to go after progressives who handed him that loss