Mission Statement and 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.

A change in state tax law will erase millions of dollars in funding for transit and could result in service cuts, fare increases, and other negative impacts. OPTA's working hard to find a solution. Click here to for the latest news about this critical issue and to join in our effort to solve this fiscal dilemma.  

The Trump Administration's recently released budget blueprint calls for drastic cuts in transit funding. Learn more, then contact your legislator and urge them to invest in America's future by supporting public transportation. 

Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans utilize public transit every day, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, commuters and students. Check out the many ways transit improves the quality of life in our biggest cities, small towns, and rural communities.

Every dollar invested in public transit generates four dollars in activity in the general economy. That means the $900,000,000 spent on transit in Ohio generates $3.6 billion in sales of goods and services ranging from steel to tires to software--and it could be billions more if we fully fund our transit agencies.

Experts agree: the demand for transit will explode in the years ahead. Are we prepared to make the investments needed to keep up and keep our state and nation growing? View blueprints for the future then make your voice heard in Columbus and Washington.

Transit's commitment to the use of alternative fuels and green energy is driving research and development, business growth, and job creation in a wide array of industries that will power the economy in the 21st Century.  

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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.


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. 

OPTA is asking Governor Kasich and 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.  To contact Governor Kasich click here.




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. 

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

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