ODOT announces nearly $105 million in grants
for public transit
The funding is
going to dozens of urban and rural systems
COLUMBUS - Public transportation
agencies across the state will soon benefit from millions of dollars to help
with operations and improve mobility throughout Ohio.
Nearly $70 million will come from the
state general revenue fund. These funds were approved by the Ohio General
Assembly in the most recent two-year state transportation budget. This money is
not generated by the state motor fuel tax.
"We are grateful that lawmakers
recognized that public transit is an important mode of transportation for
getting Ohioans where they need to go," said Ohio Department of
Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks. "These funds will help dozens of
local transit agencies provide safe and reliable transportation for many
ODOT is awarding:
- $45 million for Ohio Transit Partnership Program to
rural and urban transit agencies
- $17 million for the 27 urban transit agencies in Ohio
using a formula-based allocation
- $4 million for the 38 rural transit systems to assist
with matching federal dollars
- $2 million for the Elderly & Disabled Transit Fare
Assistance Program for reimbursement to rural and small urban transit
- $2 million for the Specialized Transportation Program
to support transportation to seniors and individuals with disabilities
- The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is
purchasing bio-diesel fuel.
- METRO in Akron is implementing a pilot program called
FlexRide for workforce transportation to meet unfilled jobs in Summit
- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
(GCRTA) is replacing decades-old rail cars, rehabilitating rail track, and
performing preventive maintenance for bus and rail operations.
- The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA)
is expanding its free downtown circulator, “The Flyer.” Since its November
2018 launch, ridership has increased exponentially.
- The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in
Canton is purchasing electronic fare-boxes which will use a mobile
ticketing app for smart phones and connect passengers with transit systems
in multiple counties.
- In Cincinnati, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit
Authority (SORTA) is constructing a Northside Transit Center for the
convenience, comfort, and safety of connecting passengers in the northern
- The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus
is expanding its micro-transit service to the City of Dublin for its
workforce shuttle to meet first mile/last mile needs.
- The Western Reserve Transit Authority (WRTA) in
Youngstown will provide bus passes for social and non-profit agencies that
provide services for infant mortality, job access and work development, as
well as social agencies that work with the opioid addiction. These
include My Baby's 1st Coalition, the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers
Coalition, and Mahoning County Job and Family Services.
- ODOT quadrupled the state investment into rural
counties. This allows for expansion of service into three counties that
previously did not have public transit service: Adams, Coshocton and
Highland counties. This additional funding will also allow the Rural
Public Transit Systems to put resources toward improving healthcare
initiatives and workforce development.
“These funds will have a tremendous
impact across the state in helping public transit providers maintain and expand
the safe, dependable, and cost efficient service that our riders use and
depend on every day,” said Ohio Public Transit Association President Carrie
In addition to these projects, funding
provides service hours and route expansions to address workforce development
initiatives for those needing transportation for job training, new employment,
or re-entry into the job market.
"This unprecedented support for
public transportation allows both ODOT and public transit agencies to leverage
federal grant dollars along with state funds to provide reduced fares to
seniors and individuals with disabilities," said Chuck Dyer, administrator
of the ODOT Office of Transit. "This also enables transit agencies to
provide an environment for increased ridership, regionalization and
coordination, alternative fuels, healthcare access, and economic
An additional $35 million of Federal
Transit Administration funding is being awarded to support the operation of
Ohio's 38 rural transit systems.
Click here for the entire list of projects funded.