Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO)

We have partnered with seven counties in the nonmetropolitan areas of our region to provide transportation planning products and services in the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO). The seven counties that make up CORPO are Fairfield, Knox, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union. CORPO is staffed by MORPC and guided by the CORPO committee and county-level subcommittees.

CORPO Transportation Plan (CTP)

Serving as the Rural Transportation Planning Organization for its member counties, one important responsibility of CORPO is the creation and periodic updating of a long-term transportation plan. The CORPO Transportation Plan (CTP) is this regional, long-range transportation plan and it identifies the multimodal and intermodal transportation policies and facilities needed to meet the CORPO’s anticipated travel demands for the next twenty-plus years. The contents can be accessed in the links below.

CTP Update

Long-range transportation plans should be revisited and updated every five years. Initially adopted in 2018, the CORPO Transportation Plan is currently undergoing an update that will be adopted by the CORPO committee in November 2023. Upon adoption, the updated CTP will cover the planning horizon of 2023-2050.

CORPO Dedicated Funds

CORPO Dedicated Funds SFY 2024-2025

The CORPO Dedicated Funds program received three submissions in the CORPO area during the SFY 2024-2025 application period in July and early August. The proposed transportation projects to receive $1,102,426 are in Union, Knox, and Fairfield counties. To learn more about the proposed projects seeking funding, please review the following summary of submissions:

SFY 2024-2025 Summary of Dedicated Funds Applications

These funds may be used for construction, expansion, reconstruction, preliminary engineering, right of way or preservation of roads and bridges on any public road; capital costs for public transit and bus terminals; bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and other transportation-related activities. Please reference the CORPO 2024-2025 Policies for Managing CORPO Funds document in the links below.

CORPO is seeking public comment on the proposed transportation projects. Public comments on the draft list must be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 5th, 2023. CORPO will consider final approval of the funding commitments on November 6, 2023, and they will subsequently be incorporated into the Transportation Improvement Program for the appropriate fiscal year.

To see the draft list of projects recommended for funding, please review the following document:

SFY 2024-2025 Draft List of Projects Recommended for Dedicated Funds

Printed copies of the draft listing are available upon request by calling MORPC at 614.228.4138. Public comments on the draft listing can be submitted via e-mail to corpo@morpc.org or in writing to:

Mary Turner, Senior Planner
Re: CORPO Dedicated Funds Public Input
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215

CORPO Dedicated Funds 2022-2023

The SY2022-2023 CORPO Dedicated Funds Program committed just under $1 million of funding for member-selected, eligible projects within the CORPO region. A resolution adopting the funding commitments was passed at the March 21, 2022, CORPO committee meeting. See the projects using CORPO Dedicated Funding for SY 2022-2023 in the links below.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is the four-year program of projects and strategies implementing the near-term priorities in the CORPO Transportation Plan. It includes transportation projects proposed for construction from July 2023 through June 2027. Approximately $306 million will be used for highways, public transit, and bikeway/pedestrian projects over the four years.

2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Program

2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program

Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC)

The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) administers a selection process for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) largest transportation project investments, funded through their Major New Capacity Program. These are projects that have a total project cost of more than $12 million, add transportation capacity, and are critical to the mobility, economic development, and quality of life of Ohio residents.

The 2023 application period closed at the end of May. One application was submitted by an agency within the Central Ohio Regional Planning Organization (CORPO) area.

Guiding Documents:

  • Fairfield County – Ira Weiss
  • Fairfield County – Rick Szabrak
  • Knox County – Brian Ball
  • Knox County – Jeff Gottke
  • Knox County – Cameron Keaton
  • Madison County – Bryan Dhume
  • Madison County – Mark Forrest
  • Madison County – David Kell
  • Marion County – Jim Bishoff
  • Marion County – Gus Comstock
  • Marion County – Scott Schertzer
  • Morrow County – Jamie Brucker
  • Morrow County – Bart Dennison
  • Pickaway Co. – Chris Mullins
  • Pickaway County – Anthony Neff
  • Union County – Bill Narducci
  • Union County – Jeff Stauch

Please note that every county within the CORPO planning area also has its own sub-committee.

Below is a list of regional funding opportunities for CORPO members. Please view this Eligibility Matrix for specifics.

CORPO Dedicated Funds
Provides funding for eligible transportation projects and programs from eligible local public agencies located in CORPO counties.

Credit Bridge Program
Federal-aid funds available to county governments to replace or rehabilitate their bridges.

Local Major Bridge Program
Provides federal funds to counties and municipalities for bridge replacement or major bridge rehab projects.

Local Roads Oil & Shale Program
Provides funding for roadways impacted by vehicular traffic from oil and gas production.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
The purpose of the highway safety improvement program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including locally owned public roads.

Metro Parks Program
Provides state funds for park drives or roads within the boundaries of county parks.

Municipal Bridge Program
Provides federal funds to municipal corporations and Regional Transit Authorities for bridge projects.

Small Cities Program
Provides federal funds to small cities not located within a Metropolitan Planning Organization’s boundaries.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
Provides funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives, such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Rural Transit Program (RTP)
Federal and State funds (Section 5311) are used to assist with operating and capital expenses in the provision of general public transportation services in rural and small urban areas.

Rural Intercity Bus Program (RICB)
The Ohio Rural Intercity Bus Program (Section 5311(f)) is designed to address the intercity bus transportation needs of the entire state by supporting projects that provide transportation between non-urbanized areas and urbanized areas that result in connections of greater regional, statewide, and national significance.  The purpose of the Section 5311(f) funding is to provide supplemental financial support to transit operators and to facilitate the most efficient and effective use of available federal funds in support of intercity bus service in rural areas.

Specialized Transportation Program (STB)
This program (Section 5310) is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing Federal Transit Administration funds for programs in small urbanized and rural areas that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.

Ohio Mobility Management Program
The Ohio Mobility Management Program increases access to mobility for Ohioans by increasing understanding and awareness of transportation needs, coordination of transportation options to meet needs, and building sustainable and healthy communities by integrating transportation into planning and programs.

Bus and Bus Facilities
The Bus and Bus facilities program (Section 5339) is designed to provide federal funds to assist with the purchase of capital assets for public transit systems in rural portions of the state in order to help meet the program goals.

Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program (OPTGP) – Rural Programs
Federal and State funds  (Section 5311) are used to assist with operating and capital expenses in the provision of general public transportation services in rural and small urban areas.

Elderly & Disabled Transit Fare Assistance Program (E&D)
This program provides grant funds to reimburse eligible public transportation systems who offer reduced fares to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2)
The OTP2 is a discretionary program and projects are selected on a competitive basis with an emphasis on preservations, regionalization, coordination, technology, service expansion, workforce initiatives, and healthcare initiatives.  This replaces the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program (OTPPP) which had provided federal funds to urban systems since 2012.

Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC)
The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) is a nine-member council tasked with evaluating funding applications that result in ODOT’s largest transportation project investments. ODOT transportation professionals have developed a funding application evaluation analysis to assist in the TRAC’s decision making.

State Infrastructure Bank
The State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) is a direct loan and bond financing program available to assist borrowers with all levels and modes of transportation projects within the state. SIB funds can be used for up to 100% of the project costs or combined with other funding sources. The program is flexible with terms including an interest free period. Applications are accepted year round.

Transportation Improvement Districts (TID)
The Transportation Improvement Districts(TIDs) Program pro-motes intergovernmental and public-private cooperation by coordinating resources in transportation and provides funding for construction, right-of-way acquisition and engineering design. Funding applications are accepted by ODOT during the annual Spring grant period. Proposed projects will be considered based on their ability to address economic development, job creation and retention impact.

Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides federal funds to enable and encourage safe walking and biking to school in grades K-8. SRTS can fund up to 100% of project costs and is available for any phase, including preliminary engineering, detailed design, right-of-way, and/or construction. Local Governments may apply for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. Eligible projects include infrastructure, non-infrastructure and school travel planning projects.

For more information, contact CORPO staff at corpo@morpc.org.

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