Title: RTA Trolley Bus Replacement Program
Estimated Total Cost: $1,980,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP)
History/Background: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) instituted the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP) to provide federal funds to urban transit systems in Ohio beginning in state fiscal year 2012. The OTPPP is a discretionary program and projects are selected on a competitive basis with an emphasis on preservation. Preservation is defined as the process of working to maintain, sustain, or keep in a good sound state the transit systems in Ohio. Eligible applicants are regional transit authorities, county transit boards, municipalities, or counties that own or operate public transportation systems. Transit systems must be recipients of FTA Section 5307 funds in order to apply for OTPPP funds.
ODOT has allocated $14 million for this state fiscal year to the OTPPP. The sources of funds for this program are federal ODOT Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) and Surface Transportation Program (STP) dollars. Therefore, projects must be CMAQ and STP eligible under Title 23 USC Sections 104(b) (2) and 104(b) (3).
Proposed Project: RTA will replace four 35-foot trolley buses in 2016. The 2016 model year trolleys provide better amenities and produce fewer emissions than the existing 2004 diesel trolley buses. RTA reports that this is the first phase of a program that will replace four (4) existing trolley buses in fiscal year 2015.
The total cost of the project is $1,980,000. RTA was awarded $1,584,000 in OTPPP funds. RTA will provide the non-federal share ($396,000). The project will be added to an existing FTA grant OH-95-x122. The project will be amended to the NOACA TIP in March 2015 and will be amended to the STW STIP in April 2015.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System), #4 (More Balanced System Enhancing Modal Choice) and #5 (Improve Mobility of the Transit Dependent and Low Income Individuals).
• This project is consistent with FHWA and Ohio policies and goals regarding the advancement of projects to improve air quality and congestion. The project is eligible under the FHWA CMAQ guidance as a Capital Investment to establish new or expanded transportation projects or programs that reduce emissions.
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):