Transportation & Infrastructure

Ohio has been failing to properly invest in public transportation for years. In fact, we haven’t invested this little in public transportation since 1976. It’s time to stop placing this issue on the backburner. We must repair, rebuild, and expand our infrastructure now.

Ohio has been failing to properly invest in public transportation for years. In fact, we haven’t invested this little in public transportation since 1976.

The state recently budgeted only $16.5 Million for transit systems and public transportation. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recommended $120 Million.

It’s time to stop placing this issue on the backburner. We must repair, rebuild, and expand our infrastructure now.

Local governments can’t address this issue on their own. They’re already struggling under the burden of Republican cuts. But avoiding needed repairs can be dangerous and harmful to our citizens. And without resources there’s no chance at all to expand public transit.

Ohio desperately needs to change the way it funds transit systems. Due to changes in tax policy, transit authorities will have $23 Million less in revenue to maintain roads, bridges, and public transportation by the end of 2019. On top of that, vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, making the motor fuels tax an unsustainable revenue source for these types of repairs.

We can’t ignore this issue any longer. 8% of Ohio bridges are structurally deficient. Our roads are littered with potholes big enough to cause serious damage to vehicles on the road. Traffic problems are increasing. And thousands of Ohioans struggle to get to work every day. All you have to do is drive down some of our local streets to see that something needs to change.

As State Senator, Joe is working on legislation to create a funding mechanism to assist local governments with road and bridge repairs. He has also introduced bills to:

  • Repair and rebuild Ohio’s underground water systems.
  • Create a dedicated funding source to support green infrastructure projects in Ohio.

As governor:

  • Joe will push for a one-time meaningful investment to repair Ohio’s failing infrastructure and increase travel options for our citizens.
  • Joe’s budgets will provide adequate funding to local governments for public transportation assistance.
  • Joe will prioritize research to find ways to fund new rail and transit infrastructure in the long term.

Hardworking Ohioans deserve to see their tax dollars working for them. They deserve safe, accessible, and affordable transportation options, as well as infrastructure that is safe and up to date. Ohio can and must do better.