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Richard Cordray Urges $1.8 Billion Infrastructure Investment

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Andy Chow
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Statehouse News Bureau
Richard Cordray, Democratic governor nominee, stands on the CMAX COTA bus in Columbus riding the route on Cleveland Avenue.

Richard Cordray says Ohio needs to do a better job at supporting public transportation at all levels, from big cities to small towns. The Democratic nominee for governor says investing in public transit is part of his larger plan to improve infrastructure.

On Wednesday morning, Cordray stepped onto one of the new COTA CMAX buses in north Columbus to see how new high-tech gear can help busses run routes more efficiently.

Cordray says investing in technology to grow public transportation will help connect people to services, help the environment, and appeal to young adults.

“To recognize that we have almost a third of the state in terms of area that has no public transportation and what that means for people how that constrains their lives is something I really think it’s time we attended to,” says Cordray.

He's proposing a $1.8 billion infrastructure bond plan that would likely go to the voters.

Republican candidate Mike DeWine’s campaign says the priority needs to be maintaining and improving current infrastructure.