OHIO PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION | OPTA
OPTA is the primary advocate for public transportation in Ohio. Now nearly 400 members strong, the Association provides leadership, resources, training, support, technical assistance, media outreach, public engagement, and governmental relations services to public and private transit agencies across the state.
As the powerful and unified voice of our member agencies, the 60,000 men and women they employ and the millions of people, including seniors, veterans, students, people with disabilities, and commuters who use transit every year, OPTA strives to achieve a number of critically important goals:
Ensure that public transit receives federal, state, and local funding that will enable us to meet the needs of Ohioans today, tomorrow and well into the future;
Drive economic growth and job creation by making Ohio a leader in the research, development, and deployment of alternative fuels, green energy, and state-of-the-art transit technology;
Encourage cooperation and coordination among transit agencies, government entities, and the private sector;
Increase awareness of and support for transit among elected officials, community and civic leaders, the media, and the general public;
Foster continuous improvement in mobility services by providing a forum for members and other key stakeholders to interact, exchange information and ideas, evaluate new programs and concepts, and adopt proven best practices;
Improve the quality of life in our state by helping our member agencies provide the reliable, affordable, safe, and convenient public transportation services Ohioans want, need and deserve.
In order to accomplish our
established goals, OPTA:
MAINTAINS an active and robust governmental affairs program designed to influence public policy, legislation, and regulation at the local, state, and national level;
ASSEMBLES, ANALYZES and widely disseminates data and information on mobility, environmental and other issues affecting transit;
BUILDS broad-based coalitions committed to promoting and achieving OPTA’s goals;
SERVES as a secure conduit for communication, dialogue, and the exchange of information among OPTA members regarding legislative, professional and technical matters;
PROVIDES public and media relations services that include drafting and distributing press releases, staging press conferences, arranging interviews, and responding to media inquiries;
MANAGES a multi-faceted digital program that includes a fully-developed website and social media presence;
STAGES the highly-popular OPTA conference that brings together transit agencies, vendors, industry experts, the media, government leaders and other interested parties each year in Columbus, Ohio;
ESTABLISHES and embraces the highest ethical standards.
If you share and support OPTA’s goals and would like to participate in our ongoing efforts to promote and strengthen public transit in our communities, our state, and our nation, we encourage you to join us by completing and submitting our membership application. We’ll be happy to welcome you aboard…