In total, about half of all public transit funding comes from local funds, followed by a quarter of funding through federal dollars, and fares generating around 15%. In FY2012, just 3% of Ohio’s total investment in public transportation was through state contribution.
Many Ohioans wish to stay in their homes and neighborhoods where they have lived most of their lives. As people grow older, their ability to drive a car diminishes, and the need for frequent, efficient, and reliable public transportation increases. Known as aging in place, these residents deserve the chance to continue to live in the places they have called home for decades.
As Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray observes, Ohio’s transportation network serves a vital role in allowing Ohioans to get to their place of work. In ODOT’s press release from this past April, Wray noted that Ohio’s transportation network “is Ohio’s most valuable man-made asset” and “gives us the ability to move goods to market, get to work, [and] take our children to school.”