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ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division is preparing to solicit for 2015-2017 projects.

Applications for projects for the new biennium will be available soon for the following programs:

  • Rural Area Formula (5311)
  • Enhanced Mobility of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities (5310)
  • Special Transportation Fund (STF)
  • Rural Intercity Bus (5311(f))

For information about the current solicitation, refer to the Advance Grant Program Notice or contact your Regional Transit Coordinator.

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Grant funds may be used to purchase, replace, or rehabilitate transit buses and vans as well as to modernize or construct bus facilities (such as maintenance depots and intermodal facilities) in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Project(s) must support the following five Ladders of Opportunity Principles:

  1. Enhance access to work. FTA will evaluate whether the project will improve access for Americans with transportation disadvantages through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs of workers.
  2. Provides More Transportation Choices. FTA will evaluate whether the project will significantly enhance user mobility through the creation of more convenient transportation options for travelers;
  3. Support Existing Communities. FTA will evaluate whether the project will increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments or safeguard rural communities.
  4. Support Economic Opportunities. FTA will evaluate whether the project improves economic opportunities by linking capital investments with local workforce development.
  5. Support partnerships (connectivity). FTA will evaluate the extent the applicant will form strong federal and local partnerships to address the mobility challenge. This includes the extent the applicant has or will bring local workforce development, training, education, veterans, transportation and planning stakeholders together with representation of key customer groups (people with low-incomes, people with disabilities, youths, veterans, elderly populations, etc.) to formulate a plan to address building Ladders of Opportunity in an area.

Please contact Christine West for more information and applications at 503-986-3410.

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ODOT Rail and Public Transit is currently offering the opportunity for your agency to receive help updating your Coordinated Public Transit-Human Service Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan).

You are required to have a Coordinated Plan if you are a recipient of STF or 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funds. If you did not receive the email that was sent to the STF recipients please contact Christine West or your RTC for more information.

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The new FTA formula program for states 5339 Bus & Bus Facilities is now available. Public transportation provided in small urban (population between 50,000 and 200,000) and rural communities (population below 50,000) who operate fixed routes are eligible to apply. Eligible projects are limited to replacement vehicles and right-sizing replacements.

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The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program. In February 2014 the Legislature added another $4 million additional general funds to the STF program; this second supplement brings the total added funds to $9 million additional general funds and restores the program to 2009 funding levels.

This funding will allow Community STF programs to begin to restore services and meet their area planning needs. It will also allow STF programs to use the new funds to match federal resources for their programs. The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program.

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The ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) supports public transportation in rural communities (population below 50,000) in Oregon each year through the 5311 Rural Area Formula Grant. Typical projects included operating assistance. This year the program expands eligibility by allowing capital and administrative projects a reduced local match requirement.

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The ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Planning Grant Program (PGP) provides funding for public transportation planning projects that lead to improved mobility and accessibility for citizens; more livable and economically vital communities; and efficient, connected and coordinated public transportation systems. There is an estimated $550,000 in FTA Section 5304 funds now available for this solicitation.

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The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program.

In October, the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) provided input on allocation and in November the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a population based distribution with a $30,000 biennial minimum allocation. The legislature also requested $100,000 of the funds be used to continue a pilot project that is currently testing activities to improve medical access for veterans. The funds are intended to return the program to previous service levels.

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The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program.

In October, the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) provided input on allocation and in November the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a population based distribution with a $30,000 biennial minimum allocation. The legislature also requested $100,000 of the funds be used to continue a pilot project that is currently testing activities to improve medical access for veterans. The funds are intended to return the program to previous service levels.

See the table for the amount available for each STF Agency. STF Agencies should start now to identify projects with their normal process of public involvement. An application will be available soon.

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Training presentations from the recent Oregon Public Transportation Conference are now available on our site.

View the latest in public transportation on MAP-21 Requirements, Walkable and Livable Communities, Least Cost Planning, and Transportation Economics — just to name a few.

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Ways to make public transit easier to use and access are spelled out in a new guidebook, Transit in Small Cities: A Primer for Planning, Siting, and Designing Transit Facilities in Oregon.

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The new primer addresses dozens of questions faced by small cities seeking to make local transit systems more accessible, more comfortable, and more supportive of such broad community goals as downtown revitalization, economic development, and better mobility for everyone.

Where to locate bus shelters? How to integrate them into the community? What amenities (e.g., benches and lighting) to provide? How to make transit stops accessible for everyone, including the elderly, people with disabilities, bicyclists and pedestrians? Where to put park-and-rides – and how to integrate them into surrounding neighborhoods? How to involve local stakeholders in transit facility planning? Where to find funding for transit facilities? These and other questions are discussed in the 77-page primer produced by the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM).

TGM worked with the Public Transit Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation and Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop this primer, which is intended to help small-city transit agencies, local governments, and others working to improve transit facilities. Click here to download the new publication. For more information about the primer – or TGM's technical services to local governments – contact Constance Beaumont at constance.beaumont@state.or.us.

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