March 9, 2022
WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announcement that $32.6 million in fiscal year (FY) 2021 was awarded to five Ohio transit agencies. These grants will help modernize bus fleets and facilities across the state, which will support well-paying jobs and make needed capital improvements.
“The more than $32 million in federal grants is great news for Ohio’s regional transportation authorities,” said Portman. “Funding for these projects will help these transit authorities purchase new buses and provide maintenance and repairs to better serve their communities.”
The following transit authorities have received funding:
- Lactran: $14,681,981
- Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority: $1,514,888
- Toledo Region Regional Transit Authority: $2,307,200
- Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority: $10,134,960
- Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority: $4,000,000
Earlier this week, Portman applauded FTA’s announcement that their FY2022 Low or No Emission (Low-No) and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities programs are open for applicants. Funding for these programs was significantly increased due to the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, of which Senator Portman was the lead Republican negotiator.
To note: Last fall, Senator Portman sent letters to FTA Administrator Fernandez asking the FTA to review grant applications submitted by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authoritythe Regional Transport Authority of the Toledo Regionand the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority.