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.
ODOT has not yet allocated funds between Tier I projects and Tier II projects for state fiscal year 2023. The sources of funds for this program are from Ohio’s General Revenue Funds which will be passed by the Ohio General Assembly for the 2022-2023 biennium.
The program application schedule for SFY2022 is below. Please use the Program Criteria and Application from the SFY2021 OTP2 under the Program Guide and Documents section as a guide for details on the types of funding assistance available and program requirements
Ohio Transit Partnership Program Schedule
- Letter of Intent Available: February 9, 2022 – February 25, 2022
- Application Workshop: March 16th
- Application Available: April 11, 2022 – May 13, 2022
- Award Announcements: July 29, 2022