Senate District 11
Teresa Fedor
Fedor Commends Passage of Transportation Budget
March 24, 2021
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) commended the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 74, the state’s two-year transportation budget.

“This bill will help Ohio move into the 21st century with modernizing and upgrading our current transit systems, roads and bridges. Most importantly, it will assist Ohioans in maintaining their independence through increased public transportation access,” Fedor said. “The proper role of government is to work for the people and this bill does just that.”

The bill allows the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) to vote to expand their territory to Lucas County by simple majority. This would enable TARTA to ask voters if they want to repeal the two existing property taxes currently in place to fund transit and replace them with a countywide sales tax. This will increase TARTA’s ability to provide transportation services, expand economic growth for the Northwest Ohio region, and bolster access to healthcare.

H. B. 74 also includes almost $6 billion over the biennium to fix Ohio’s roads and bridges, adds an additional $70 million per year over the Governor’s budget for public transportation, as well as $8 million for Electric Vehicle charging stations. 

It also requires the Ohio Department of Transportation to have a policy to make the purchase and replacement of rail lines used for public passenger transportation eligible for funding, subject to approval by the Transportation Review Advisory Council. 
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