There are 21 programs on this page, please scroll down to view complete list.
For complete details on each program, including agency contacts, please see the listing in the printed Inventory of State Programs, Appendix C of the Balanced Growth Strategy on the Inventory Home page or click the program website link in the table.
Program Name and Type of Assistance
County Surface Transportation Program
Provides construction funding for eligible roadway improvements and for safety studies (administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety). The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as the program manger and is responsible for project selection funding criteria and program priorities.
County Local Bridge Funds
Provides federal funds to counties for bridge replacement or rehabilitation. The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) serves as the program manager and is responsible for project selection, funding criteria and program priorities.
Elderly & Disabled Transit Fare Assistance
Encourages transit systems to offer reduced fares for the elderly and people with disabilities by reimbursing a portion of the revenue lost due to reducing the fares for this population.
Federal Discretionary Program
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) administers a variety of discretionary programs. These programs represent special funding categories where FHWA solicits for candidates and selects projects for funding based on applications received. Each program has its own eligibility and selection criteria that are established by law, by regulation, or administratively. Eligible applicants are State Departments of Transportation and local governments; however, funds flow through the DOT to ensure the required oversight.
Local Economic Development Loan Program
(Financial Assistance: Loans)
Provides financing where local governments need to provide water, wastewater or storm water treatment to a site that is being developed by a business locating within the State.
Local Major Bridge Program
Ohio Department of Transportation
Provides federal funds to counties and municipalities for bridge replacement or major bridge rehabilitation projects.
MPO and Large Cities Capital Program
Provides funds for planning assistance to states to pass through to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) for comprehensive multimodal transportation planning and technical studies in metropolitan areas.
Municipal Bridge Program
Provides federal funds to municipalities for bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects.
Type II Noise Walls Program
Targets residential areas in existence prior to the construction of a roadway. Noise abatement measures will be authorized only for those projects that were approved before November 28, 1995 or are proposed along lands where at least 90% of the land development or substantial construction predated the existence of any highway.
Ohio Coordination Program
Enhances and expands transportation through coordination in Ohio's counties with no public transportation system. Currently, there are 28 counties without a public transportation system.
Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program: Rural
Assists with operating costs and capital expenses in the provision of general public transportation services in rural and small urban areas. Section 5311 funds can be used for up to 50% of the net project cost of operating expenses and up to 80% of the cost of capital projects. State General Revenue funds, through the Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program, are also available to provide up to 30% of eligible operating costs and up to 10% of the costs of capital projects.
Roadwork Assistance (629) Program
Funds public roadway improvements, including engineering and design costs. This fund is available for projects primarily involving manufacturing, R&D, high technology, corporate headquarters, and distribution activity.
Provides funds to ODOT and local governments for highway safety treatments or corrective activity designed to alleviate a safety problem or a potentially hazardous situation.
Small City Program
Provides federal funds to cities with populations of 5,000 to 24,999 that are not located within Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Funds from this program may be used by the incorporated local governments for any road, safety or signal project on the Federal-aid system. Currently, there are 58 Small Cities that meet the program's criteria.
Specialized Transportation Program
Provides Federal funds for the purchase of equipment to support transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities where existing transportation is unavailable, inappropriate, or insufficient.
State Capital Improvement Program
Provides grants and low-interest loans for roads, bridges, culverts, wastewater treatment systems, water supply systems, solid waste disposal facilities, storm water and sanitary collection, storage and treatment systems and facilities.
State Infrastructure Bank
Used as a method of funding highway, rail, transit, intermodal, and other transportation facilities and projects which produce revenue to amortize debt while contributing to the connectivity of Ohio's transportation system and further the goals such as corridor completion, economic development, competitiveness in a global economy, and quality of life.
State Planning & Research Program
Provides funds for planning assistance to each state for comprehensive statewide and local transportation planning and technical studies. ODOT serves as the state’s applicant. Link goes to federal website.
Transportation Enhancement Program
Provides federal highway funds for projects that strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, or environmental value of our transportation system. The funds are available for twelve "transportation enhancement activities" specifically identified by Congress. These activities fall into four main groups: Pedestrian and Bicycle Projects; Historic Preservation related to surface transportation; Landscaping and Scenic Beautification; and Environmental Mitigation (hwy runoff and wildlife protection only).
Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) Funds
Selects the major new capacity projects to be constructed in a six-year period. Major new capacity projects are those which cost ODOT more than $5 million and does one or more of the following: increase mobility, provide connectivity, increase the accessibility of a region for economic development, increase the capacity of a transportation facility, or reduce congestion.
Urban Paving Program
Provides funds for eligible surface treatment and resurfacing projects on state and U.S. Routes within municipal corporations. This program is administered at the ODOT district level. Contact the corresponding ODOT district (web link) for more information.
Additional lists of Transportation funding sources are available at the ODOT Funding page.
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