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Time to say thanks to Ohio House members for overriding veto of MCO sales tax fix and turn our attention to the Senate

July 7, 2017

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July 7, 2017

Yesterday, members of the Ohio House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to override Governor Kasich's line-item veto of the OPTA-backed budget amendment designed to replace the millions of sales tax dollars Ohio's transit agencies and counties will lose when Medic...

July 5, 2017

As we reported last week, the Ohio General Assembly added language to the state's biennial budget bill that will help restore the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue  transit agencies and counties will lose as a result of the MCO sales tax repeal. The amendment...

June 28, 2017

The legislature's scheduled conference committee on the budget voted last night and INCLUDED an amedment offered by Senator Matt Dolan that will provide a long-term fix for the loss of revenue generated by the soon-to-be-rescinded MCO sales tax. Acceptance of the amend...

Still undone as Ohio lawmakers scramble to finalize a new two-year budget before the last one expires at midnight June 30 is a fix to keep Ohio counties from losing millions and to avoid a devastating revenue loss for sales-tax-aided transit systems such as the Greater...

June 27, 2017

President Trump's proposed "skinny" budget could devastate public transit--and the millions of Americans who depend on it for safe, reliable, convenient, and affordable transportation. Here's an overview of what's at risk if Congress follows the President's spending bl...

June 27, 2017

The legislature's scheduled conference committee on the budget did not vote today, leaving more time to contact your legislators on two issues: the MCO sales tax and the transfer of funding out of the Office of Public Transit. We have met with the administration on bot...

Kirt Conrad, executive director of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, envisions SARTA one day having only fuel-cell and compressed natural gas buses, coordinated service with neighboring transit agencies and teaming up with ride-hailing services like Uber and L...

June 27, 2017

 SARTA CEO/OPTA President Kirt Conrad plays a feature role in this new video that discusses the essential role hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses will play in public transit as our nation and the world embraces high-efficiency zero emission fuel sources in the years ahea...

April 14, 2017

Unless state officials work with us to find a way to replace the revenue we’re about to lose, systems will be forced to slam the breaks on new programs, cut existing services, and raise fares. I don’t believe anyone wants to see those things happen, so we’re hopeful we...

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