Ohio’s transportation budget should prioritize infrastructure and railways to create faster modes of transportation, providing independent living, economic development, and greater leisure access to Ohioans with and without disabilities.
Governor Mike DeWine signed the Transportation Budget (HB23) into law, providing $8.3 billion towards Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, the largest investment in the state’s history. Additionally, the bill includes the Ohio Regional Workforce Mobility Program, which grants Regional Transit Authorities funding for mobility initiatives. Key points in the budget include authorizing the Ohio Rail Development Commission to construct and operate an intercity passenger transportation system and providing $70 million for public transportation funding. The Ohio Regional Workforce Mobility Program will receive $15 million per year to create transportation to workplaces with no public transit service. The budget will benefit Ohio’s economic future and help those with disabilities rely on public transit systems for independent living.