Infrastructure bill brings more money to public transit in Ohio

A second multimillion-dollar influx of federal funding will come to Ohio transit authorities via an infrastructure bill passed earlier this year.

Most of the funding, more than $65 million, will be directed to Cleveland, according to a list of federal transit allowances for the state.

Dayton Transit will receive $41 million, nearly $30 million is directed to Cincinnati and $28 million will go to Columbus Transit Operations, among “larger urban area funding.”

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and said the investment will help create jobs and investment across the state .

“Public transit is a matter of the dignity of labor,” Brown said in a statement. “It creates jobs, it connects people to jobs, it attracts investment, and it will help Ohio communities grow and create opportunity.”

Ohio is expected to receive more than $1 billion in transit formula funding over the next five years, according to Brown’s office. A total of $259 million has been released specifically for Ohio over the past year by the US Department of Transportation.

Funding for public transit is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and a bill intended to keep the country’s roads and bridges healthy, as well as its public transit.

Funding for the bridge formula under the bill provided direct funding and competitive grants to the Ohio Department of Transportation, as well as local city/county engineers for long-awaited maintenance .

Brown said in January he wanted the money to improve major bridges in the state, including the Brent Spence Bridge crossing the Ohio River into Kentucky. The National Association of Manufacturers said the bridge carries freight equivalent to 3% of the gross domestic product of the United States.

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