Transit Infrastructure Fund
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, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) will be funded by a 0.8 percent county sales tax 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 of the sales tax levy (0.2 percent) will be allocated toward road, bridge and sidewalk improvements that benefit Metro bus service. In other words, it will go toward infrastructure improvements within Metro’s service area.
PurposeThe 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
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.
The projects could include repaving, road widening, bridge, sidewalk or crosswalk improvements for Metro passengers walking to and from their bus stops.
Applicant GuidelinesHamilton 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.
Fiscal Year 2021/Funding Round 1 TimelineApplications for FY 2021 were due June 30, 2021, and are now being reviewed. Funding decisions and the awarding of grants will follow 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 2021
- SORTA enters into agreements with grant recipients: Q4 2021
- Funds granted to recipients: Q1 2022
Any questions regarding the Transit Infrastructure Fund may be directed to Khaled Shammout, VP of Strategic Planning and Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (513) 632-7671.
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
|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
|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|