Name of Program: Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP)
Program Goal: The department instituted the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program to provide federal funds to urban transit systems in Ohio beginning in state fiscal year 2012. The OTPPP is a discretionary program and projects are selected on a competitive basis with an emphasis on preservation. Preservation is defined as the process of working to maintain, sustain, or keep in a good sound state the transit systems in Ohio.
Who Can Apply? Regional Transit Authorities, County Transit Boards, municipalities, or counties that own or operate public transportation systems. Transit systems must be recipients of FTA Section 5307 funds in order to apply for OTPPP funds.
Funding: ODOT has allocated $14 million for this state fiscal year to the OTPPP. The sources of funds for this program are federal ODOT Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) and Surface Transportation Program (STP) dollars. Therefore, projects must be CMAQ and STP eligible under Title 23 USC Sections 104(b)(2) and 104(b)(3).
Application Process: The program application deadline is January 27, 2014. See the Program Criteria and Application Instructions below for more details on the types of funding assistance available and program requirements.