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).

CORPO completed a regional, long-range transportation plan that reflects the transportation needs of its seven counties, which include: Fairfield; Knox; Marion; Madison; Morrow; Pickaway; and Union. This plan, the 2018-2040 CORPO Transportation Plan (CTP) was adopted  in June 2018.

Staffed by MORPC and guided by both the CORPO committee and county-level subcommittees, CORPO’s first Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was developed.

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 2021 through June 2024. Approximately $270 million will be used for highways, public transit, and bikeway/pedestrian projects over the four years.

Draft FY2024-2027 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 2022 application period closed at the end of May, with two applications submitted from
agencies within the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization planning area (CORPO).

For information regarding applications for projects located within CORPO’s planning area please click the links below.


The CORPO Dedicated Funds Program has committed just under $1 million of funding for member-selected, eligible projects within the CORPO region. A resolution to adopt the funding commitments was passed at the March 21, 2022 CORPO committee meeting.

2018-2040 CORPO Transportation Plan Executive Summary
2018-2040 CORPO Transportation Plan

Guiding Documents:

Public Participation Plan
2021 Planning Work Program
2022 Planning Work Program
Committee Members by County
  • Fairfield Co. – Steve Davis
  • Fairfield Co. – Rick Szabrak
  • Knox Co. – Brian Ball
  • Knox Co. – Jeff Gottke
  • Marion Co. – Brad Irons
  • Marion Co. – Phil Wright
  • Marion Co. – Scott Schertzer
  • Madison Co. – Bryan Dhume
  • Madison Co. – Mark Forrest
  • Morrow Co. – Andy Ware
  • Morrow Co. – Tom Whiston
  • Pickaway Co. – Chris Mullins
  • Pickaway Co. – Vacant
  • Union Co. – Christiane Schmenk
  • Union Co. – 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.

Ohio Bridge Partnership Program
OBPP provides federal funds to counties and municipalities for roadway bridge replacement.

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 Mike Borger at 614.233.4155 or 804.525.0071.

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