On September 13, 2013, the NOACA Board of Directors approved the following regarding this project: Resolution No. 2013-029 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2013-030 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.
Title: New Fixed Routes for Medina County Public Transit
Sponsor: Medina County Public Transit (MCPT)
Name: MED MCPT NEW FIXED ROUTE SERVICE
Estimated Total Cost: $1,684,104
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA
History/Background: In January 2014, Medina County Public Transit (MCPT) will transition from a rural system to an urban system. MCPT reports that the transition will result in a $1 million deficit, the elimination of half MCPT’s fleet and 12 of MCPT’s 23 routes. MCPT reports it is working with the cities and local governments within Medina County to generate a cost effective transit system within the county that provides excellent transportation services to the residents of Medina County.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) expands eligibility for using Urbanized Area Formula funds for operating expenses. Previously, only urbanized areas with populations below 200,000 were eligible to use Federal transit funding for operating expenses. Now, transit systems in urbanized areas over 200,000 can use their formula funding for operating expenses if they operate no more than 100 buses. Systems operating between 76 and 100 buses in fixed route service during peak service hours may use up to 50 percent of their “attributable share” of funding for operating expenses. Systems operating 75 or fewer buses in fixed-route service during peak service hours may use up to 75 percent of their “attributable share” of funding for operating expenses. Attributable share refers to the share of the urbanized area’s apportionment that is attributable to a transit system based on the transit system’s share of vehicle revenue hours in the urbanized area.
On May 30, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners, Medina County, Ohio adopted Resolution No. 13-0493 … authorizing the submission of an application for proposed federal-aid projects and programs on behalf of the Medina County Public Transit (MCPT).
Proposed Project: The proposed project will offer the Cities of Medina and Wadsworth improved and more efficient transit service. According to the sponsor, the proposed fixed route service will be more cost effective than on demand routes, and provide improved transit service to the population of the Cities of Wadsworth and Medina. MCPT plans to convert several of its on demand routes and the deviated fixed route in the City of Medina to two fixed routes as well as replacing the two on-demand routes in the City of Wadsworth to two fixed routes. The hours of service for these routes will be between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:45 p.m. MCPT plans to establish a fixed route service between the City of Medina and the City of Brunswick between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Operating assistance for new transit service may be funded with Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a maximum of three years. Operating assistance includes all costs of providing new transportation services, including, but not limited to, labor, fuel, administrative costs, and maintenance. The intent is to support the demonstration of new services that may prove successful enough to sustain with other funding sources, and to free up CMAQ funds to generate new air quality benefits.
The estimated cost to operate the proposed new service for three years is $1,684,104 ($561,368 per year). MCPT is requesting $1,347,283 of NOACA-controlled CMAQ funds toward the cost of operating the proposed new service for three years ($449,094 per year). According to the sponsor, the remaining 20 percent ($336,821; $112,274 per year) will be provided by the Cities of Medina and Wadsworth, Medina County and contract revenue.
Staff Comment (Summary):
Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team
- This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System), #4 (Establish Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices) and #7 (Reinvestment in the Urban Core).
- Eligibility for CMAQ funding will require an analysis from the sponsor demonstrating pollutant emission reduction as a result of the project. This project will reduce fuel consumption and increase air quality and safety.
- Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):
If you are a representative of a governmental entity and would like to comment on this project, please email us.
NOACA encourages comments from the public on this proposed transportation improvement project. We would appreciate it if you include your city of residence, although it is not required. The public review period lasts until the Governing Board makes a decision about them.
Regional Transportation Investment Subcommittee (RTIS) / Transportation Subcommittee:
- No comments; recommended for amendment to NOACA’s Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
- The Transit Council is supportive of projects that preserve or improve access to public transit in the region. As a result of the transition from a rural to an urban system, this project allows MCPT to maintain safe and efficient service to the Cities of Medina and Wadsworth.