My congratulations to transit systems awarded project funds through the Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2) for state fiscal year 2021. Once again, requests far exceeded available funds demonstrating the need for a stable, dedicated source of transit funding. 

Please share the message below with your legislators who are home for summer recess. We must be diligent in communicating the critical need their constituents have for public transportation. Executive Director Matt Carle is available to assist OPTA members in this ongoing effort.

As always, I thank you for your hard work and dedication. 

Claudia Amrhein
President, OPTA | General Manager & CEO, PARTA
OPTA Announces ODOT Grant Awards 2021
OPTA Applauds OTP2 Grant Recipients, Urges Continued
Financial Support for Public Transportation

August 14, 2020 (Columbus, OH) – The Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) congratulates state transit agencies awarded funds through the Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2). The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced more than $30 million in OTP2 competitive grant awards to 37 Ohio public transit agencies on Wednesday. 

“OTP2 dollars provided through the state general fund are extremely important to Ohio’s public transportation systems,” said OPTA President and Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority General Manager Claudia Amrhein. “These grants fund mobility projects providing improved access and quality of life for thousands of Ohioans who depend on public transit daily.”

Projects funded through OTP2 are selected on a competitive basis. Grants pay for rural and urban transit system needs which are divided into two tiers. Tier I projects focus on preservation, with an emphasis on working to maintain, sustain, or keep in a good sound state the transit systems in Ohio. Tier II dollars support regionalization, coordination, technology, service expansion, workforce, and healthcare initiatives.

ODOT allocated $26.4 million for Tier I projects and $17.6 million for Tier II projects for state fiscal year 2021 which began on July 1. Demand far exceeded available funds. Fifty-four transit agencies submitted 178 applications totaling more than $115 million in requests.

“Ohio’s transit systems greatly appreciate the general fund dollars provided by the state legislature in the current budget,” said Amrhein. “However, the demand for these funds clearly demonstrates that even at current funding levels some needs are going unmet. OPTA urges the legislature to ensure the people of Ohio have access to safe, affordable, and dependable public transportation through dedicated funding.”  

OPTA is the primary advocate for public transportation in Ohio. The association provides leadership, resources, training, support, technical assistance, media outreach, public engagement, and governmental relations services to public and private transit agencies and businesses across the state.
Knox County is seeking a Transportation Operations Manager to assist in the management of the daily operation of Knox Area Transit.

Duties include logistics; recruitment and retention of staff; assisting with budgetary decisions; fleet management and training oversight. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Persons with proven fleet management; transportation; or human resources
experience are encouraged to apply.

For details, visit under Employment Opportunities
for a full job description and how to apply.
Applications and resumes will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. 
OPTA Statewide Weekly Calls
Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Call details have been sent to OPTA members.
Calls will be cancelled through Outlook if no new updates to report.

OPTA Member Board Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 10 - 11:30 am
Details and documents for the Board Meeting will be sent prior to the call.
The Board Meeting will be scheduled as a conference call.

State of Ohio COVID-19 By the Numbers - 8.13.2020
105,426 Cases
12,203 Hospitalizations
3,755 Deaths
83,642 Presumed Recovered
For more information contact
OPTA's Executive Administrator Phyllis VanArsdale