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Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program

 Program Overview


Name of Program: Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program, as authorized under Section 5501.07 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Program Goal: The goal of this program is to provide safe/reliable public transportation in Ohio.

Brief Program Description: The program is divided into two programs – Urban Transit Program and Rural Transit Program.

Who Can Apply? Urban Transit Program - Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, municipalities, or counties that own or operate public transportation systems. Rural Transit Program – refer to the program criteria.

Application Process: Refer to each program's criteria for application process and deadlines.


 Urban Transit Program


Name of Program: Urban Transit Program

Funding: The Urban Transit Program encompasses funding administered by the Office of Transit for transit service in Ohio’s urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or greater.

Program Goal and Brief Description: The Program goals are to facilitate the most efficient and effective use of both Federal and State Funds in the provision of transportation services. The small urban transit systems receive state funds to leverage federal dollars and the large eight transit systems receive federal funds allocated by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Application Process: See the Program Criteria and Application Instructions on the Urban Transit Program page for more details on the types of funding assistance available, program requirements, and deadlines.


 Rural Transit Program


Name of Program: Rural Transit Program, as authorized by the Federal Transit Administration, 49 U.S.C. 5311.

Program Goal and Brief Description: Federal and State funds are used to assist with operating and capital expenses in the provision of general public transportation services in rural and small urban areas. Section 5311 funds can be used for up to 50% of the net project cost of operating expenses and up to 80% of the cost of capital projects. State General Revenue funds, through the Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program, are also available to provide up to 30% of eligible operating costs and up to 10% of the costs of capital projects.

Who Can Apply? Counties, Municipalities, Villages, Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, Private Nonprofit Corporations designated by a county or municipality and a County or Municipal department on behalf of a county, municipality or village.

Proposal Process: Existing grantees submit an annual proposal to request Federal and State operating funds, which are based on the transit systems needs which are evaluated in relation to state performance standards for Percent of General Public Ridership, Passenger Trips per hour, Cost Per Vehicle Mile and Cost Per Passenger Trip. Capital funds are discretionary and are approved based on a system's Four-Year Capital and Operating Plan. Proposals on behalf of new systems are accepted on a funding availability basis. Proposals are due each September for the following calendar year. A combined proposal can be submitted for capital and operating assistance.




Juana Hostin
Program Coordinator
(614) 644-0304