OPTA MILESTONES

Awarded to individuals or transit agencies reaching significant milestones in the transit industry.

Thirty Years of Service

Reginald Brown, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, Transit Operator (view video)

Steven Rolfes, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, Transit Operator (view video)

Cheryl Brady, Laketran, Transit Operator (view video)

Jodi Zilke, Laketran, Lead Dispatcher (view video)

Fifty Years of Service

METRO Regional Transit Authority

50 Years on the Road, 100 Years of Experience (view video)

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Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown
41 Furnace Street
Akron, Ohio 44308

 

330.252.9228

Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown

Three feature presentation general sessions will be hosted. 

Wednesday, September 15

OPTA Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 16

Feature Presentation & Luncheon

Friday, September 17

9:45 am - 10:45 am

 

Mobility Matters – Why Sustainable Transportation is Essential to Our Future (details)

Why Public Transit is Key

Presented by Dr. Harvey J. Miller, The Ohio State University

Friday, September 17

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

 

OPTA Excellence Awards & Luncheon (details)

Courtyard by Marriott Availability:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

September 14, 15, 16, 2021

Room Rate:

$129.00 + Tax

Single or Double as available

Complimentary WiFi

Rate honored September 12 – 18

Cut-Off Date:

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Reserve On-Line:

Courtyard by Marriott

Reservation Code:

No reservation code required

Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls
Sheraton Suites

Sheraton Suites
Akron Cuyahoga Falls

1989 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221


330.929.3000

Sheraton Suites Availability:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
September 14, 15, 16, 2021

Room Rate:

$139.00 + Tax
Single or Double as available
Restaurant
Indoor Pool & Fitness Center
Rate Honored September 14 – 17

Cut-Off Date:

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Reserve On-Line:

Sheraton Suites

Reservation Code:

No reservation code required

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Akron

1307 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44305

 

330.733.2900

Hilton Garden Inn Akron

Hilton Garden Inn Availability:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

September 14, 15, 16, 2021

Room Rate:

$139.00 + Tax
Single or Double as available
Complimentary WiFi
Restaurant
Indoor Pool & Fitness Center
Rate honored September 14 - 17

Cut-Off Date:

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Reserve On-line:

Hilton Garden Inn

Request Special Rate:

Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA)

Hilton Garden Inn Akron Fairlawn
Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Akron Fairlawn

3180 West Market Street

Akron, Ohio 44333

330.868.5000

Contact Your Ohio Senators

Hilton Garden Inn Availability:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

September 14, 15, 16, 2021

Room Rate:

$139.00 + Tax
Double or King as available
Complimentary WiFi
Restaurant
Indoor Pool & Fitness Center
Rate honored September 12 - 18

Cut-Off Date:

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Reserve On-line:

330.867.5000

Request Special Rate:

Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA)

Ohio's Budget Proposal Cuts Public Transit
call STEPHANIE KUNZE
call YOUR ELECTED SENATOR
Email Stephanie Kunze

Contact Your Ohio House Representatives

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Together, we WILL make a difference!

Human Resources Committee

Legislative Committee - Chair Mark Donaghy


 

Maintenance Committee  - Chair Daron Brown
 

Marketing Committee - Chair Jessica Olson
 

Membership Committee - Chair Emille Williams

Paratransit Peers Committee - Chair Bambi Miller

Planning Committee - Co-Chairs Valerie Shea and Andrew Neutzling

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OPTA Announces

Excellence Awards 2020

Security Committee - Chair Michael Gettings

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEES

Learn more about getting involved in one of OPTA's Committees. Meet new people, develop your professional skills and contribute to the transit industry.

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STATE FUNDING NEWS & INFO

Sign our State Petition.
ACT NOW

Join the thousands of Ohioans who are asking Gov. Kasich and the members of the General Assembly to fully fund public transit. Simply fill out and submit the form below and we'll add your name to our petition. 

Thanks for participating in OPTA's drive to ensure the future of public transit in Ohio

February 18, 2021

Transit Officials Waiting to Testify on HB 74!

#ProtectPublicTransit  #FundPublicTransit

FEDERAL FUNDING NEWS & INFO

Sign our Federal Petition.
ACT NOW

Join the millions of Americans who are asking Pres. Trump and the members of Congress to invest in the future of the United States by investing in and fully funding critical transit and infrastructure projects. Fill out the form below and we'll add your name to our petition. 

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & INFO

ACTION CENTER

Ohio's public transit systems are facing severe funding cuts due to decisions made by the state and federal governments.

 

In Ohio, the loss of local sales tax revenue generated from health care services provided by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations will erase more than $38 million in funding for transit annually beginning in 2019. Read more here. 

 

In Washington, the Trump administration has released a "skinny" budget that will reduce spending on public transit by hundreds of millions of dollars. The cuts will eliminate the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts program that funds capital projects and slash TIGER grants, which have been used to plan and construct transit projects across Ohio, by a half-billion dollars. Read more here.

CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR

ACT NOW

Join the thousands of Ohioans who are asking the members of the General Assembly to fully fund public transit. Simply fill out and submit the form below and we'll add your name to our communications and updates.

Thanks for participating in OPTA's drive to ensure the future of public transit in Ohio

OPTA is asking the members of the General Assembly to work with us to find a way to replace the millions in MCO sales tax dollars transit will lose beginning in 2019 and to provide affected systems with additional "bridge" funding that will enable them to avoid service cuts and fare increases while a solution is developed and implemented.

You can help us deliver the message by signing our online petition or by contacting the governor and your state legislators directly via phone or email. To look up and contact your legislator click here. 

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR &

CONGRESSPERSON

ACT NOW

Join the millions of Americans who are asking Pres. Trump and the members of Congress to invest in the future of the United States by investing in and fully funding critical transit and infrastructure projects. Fill out the form below and we will add your name to our communications and updates.

Thanks for participating in OPTA's drive to ensure the future of public transit in Ohio

OPTA, the American Public Transit Association, other state associations, and public interest groups are asking the Trump Administration and Congress to reject the steep cuts called for in the "skinny" federal budget outline, to appropriate the additional funding needed to ensure that systems across the country can meet the ever-growing demand for transit service, and to invest in a much-needed and long overdue infrastructure revitalization program that will strengthen public transit and create millions of good paying jobs. 

Send a loud and clear message to D.C. by signing our online petition or by contacting federal officials directly via phone or email. To look up and contact your member of Congress click here.  Contact Senator Brown here, Senator Portman here, and President Trump here.

Ohio Public Transit Association

605 N. High St., #175

Columbus, OH 43215

Laura Koprowski, Executive Director

lkoprowski@ohioneedstransit.org

614.626.1116 Office/Mobile

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JOIN OPTA NOW!  Visit OHIO NEEDS TRANSIT website for details on the work statewide that the leadership and members are doing and how your business can benefit.   The Association provides leadership,  resources, training, government relations and advocacy services to public and private transit agencies and transit service providers across the state.

If you work in – or just love transit – there are many ways to get involved with a passionate group of state-wide leadership who are working to transform mobility and redesign the future of transit.

Contact Laura Koprowski

lkoprowski@ohioneedstransit.org