Transit Infrastructure Fund


Background

In May 2020, the residents of Hamilton County voted to replace Cincinnati Metro's existing funding model, which relied primarily on the city's earnings tax, with a new funding structure. Effective January 2021, a 0.8-percent sales tax will fund the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) for the next 25 years.

Seventy-five percent of the sales tax levy (or 0.6 percent) will fund Metro’s bus service operations and capital costs. The remaining 25 percent (0.2 percent) will go toward infrastructure improvements — such as road, bridge and sidewalk improvements — that fall within Metro's service area and would benefit bus service.


Purpose

The Transit Infrastructure Fund program was established to manage the portion of the sales tax levy (the 0.2 percent) allocated to roadway infrastructure.

The goal of the program is to:

  • Assist localities within Hamilton County in improving the state of their roadway infrastructure
  • Improve overall mobility for Hamilton County residents by providing grant funds to roads that are within Metro’s service area


Fiscal Year 2021/Funding Round 1 Timeline

Congratulations to the 22 Hamilton County communities that were awarded grants for 30 infrastructure improvement projects during this round of transit infrastructure funding! View the communities' applications in the table below.

Applications for FY 2021 were due June 30, 2021. The awarding of grants follows the timeline below:

  • Project review and scoring: June 30 – August 31, 2021
  • Governing board resolutions of support due: July 16, 2021
  • SORTA board reviews evaluation committee’s recommendations: September 14, 2021
  • Integrating committee gives final approval: October 22, 2021
  • SORTA enters into agreements with grant recipients: Q4 2021
  • Funds granted to recipients: Q1 2022


TIF Applications

Addyston Anderson Township Cincinnati Colerain
Columbia Township Deer Park Delhi Forest Park
Glendale Golf Manor Green Hills Hamilton County
Harrison Lincoln Heights Madeira Mt. Healthy
Neyer North College Hill Norwood Sharonville
Silverton Springdale Sycamore Township Wyoming City

See the full list of recipient projects here.

Eligible Projects

Infrastructure projects eligible for consideration must be within ¾ mile of a Metro fixed transit route – excluding stretches on limited access highways, classified as Class 1, such as I-275, I-75, I-74 and I-71.


Applicant Guidelines

Hamilton County and all municipalities and townships in Hamilton County are eligible to apply for grants. The Transit Infrastructure Fund Applicant Guidelines provide details on the grant program and the application process.

Download Guidelines


Contact

Any questions regarding the Transit Infrastructure Fund may be directed to Khaled Shammout, VP of Strategic Planning and Development, at kshammout@go-metro.com or by phone at (513) 632-7671.

Project Approval

The Transit Infrastructure Fund program is being administered by SORTA staff. Transit Infrastructure Fund applications will be scored by an evaluation committee designated by SORTA. Final approval of selected projects will be granted by the OPWC District 2 Integrating Committee.

District 2 Integrating Committee

Member Representing
Eric Beck (Chairman)  Hamilton County
Thomas Hart Hamilton County - At Large
Chris Bigham City of Cincinnati
Greg Long City of Cincinnati
Sheryl Long City of Cincinnati
Robert Bemmes Hamilton Co. Municipal League
Lee Czerwonka Hamilton Co. Municipal League
Denny Connor Hamilton Co. Township Assoc.
Tony Rosiello Hamilton Co. Township Assoc.

 

District 2 Integrating Committee Alternates

Member Alternate For
Todd Long Eric Beck
David Krings Thomas Hart
John Brazina Greg Long
Kelly Carr Sheryl Long
Karen Alder Chris Bigham
Craig Margolis Robert Bemmes
Carson Sheldon Lee Czerwonka
Josh Gerth Tony Rosiello