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Ohio Transit Partnership Program

Ohio Transit Partnership Program

 Program Overview

Name of Program: Ohio Transit Partnership Program

Program Goal:  The department instituted the Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2) to provide state funds to the rural and urban transit systems in Ohio beginning in state fiscal year 2020.  This replaces the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP) which had provided federal funds to urban systems since 2012.  The OTP2 is a discretionary program and projects are selected on a competitive basis with an emphasis on preservation in Tier I with preservation defined as the process of working to maintain, sustain, or keep in a good sound state the transit systems in Ohio. Tier II projects are focused on regionalization, coordination, technology, service expansion, workforce initiatives, and healthcare initiatives.
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 or 5311 funds in order to apply for OTP2 funds.
Funding: ODOT allocated $26.4 million for Tier I projects and $17.6 million for Tier II projects for state fiscal year 2021. The sources of funds for this program are from Ohio’s General Revenue Funds passed by the Ohio General Assembly for the 2020-2021 biennium.
Application Process: The program application schedule for SFY2021 is below.  See the Program Criteria and Application from the SFY2021 OTP2 under the Program Guide and Documents section for more details on the types of funding assistance available and program requirements.  THis link is for application to the SFY2021c Ohio Transit Parternship Program. 
SFY2021 Ohio Transit Partnership Program Schedule
Letter of Intent: Announced January 29, 2020
Letter of Intent: Due February 14, 2020
Application Workshops: Late February and March 2020
Applications: Due May 27, 2020
Awards: Announced early July 2020