What's New

Check back regularly for announcements, news, and other items of interest related to public transportation.

Upcoming Grant Management Workshops

posted September 22, 2015

Join ODOT Rail and Public Transit for a workshop designed  to help transit agencies with project management and reporting. The workshop will also cover some changes to the reporting and reimbursement processes.
The workshop will be provided at seven locations across the state and online between September 30 and December 11.
For workshop dates, locations, and RSVP, see the attached flyer. Please contact your Regional Transit Coordinator with any questions.
Grant Management Workshops

Annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference Oct. 18-21 - Registration is now open!

posted August 28, 2015

Are you a transit provider, transportation planner, policy maker, planning student, bus and train enthusiast, or just want to know what's happening with public transit in Oregon? This is the conference for you! This year's conference is taking place at the Downtown Hilton in Eugene on October 18-21 and will be a great one!
Follow the link for session descriptions, registration information, and more.

September Drug and Alcohol Trainings

posted August 28, 2015

This training will cover ½ day on reasonable suspicion and ½ day on policy and administration. 
See flyer for complete details.
Three locations:
Salem 9/21
Grants Pass 9/23
Baker City 9/25 

2015 Oregon Bus Road-eo: Saturday, Oct. 17 in Eugene

posted August 28, 2015

Come watch and cheer on the drivers! See flyer for complete information and use link to register.

Oregon Public Transportation Conference Special Event: PechaKucha

posted August 28, 2015

We're seeking conference attendees interested in sharing their creative side with a short, energetic presentation (20 slides/20 seconds per slide).  
See flyer for complete details.

ODOT Intermodal Civil Rights hosting FREE event to connect businesses with local transit providers

posted August 18, 2015

Event Date: September 23, 2015, 9am-12pm
You will have an opportunity to network with some of Oregon's public transportation providers and representatives from ODOT. A panel will discuss upcoming local projects, possible contracting needs, methods of advertising opportunities, and answer questions from the audience.
  • Networking with local agencies and other business
  • Learn about NON-HIGHWAY transportation contracting opportunities, which include:
    • Bus Shelters
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Planning
    • Transportation services
    • Vehicle Graphics
    • Drug Screening
    • General Construction
    • And more…!
This is a FREE event and refreshments are provided.
Hosted at:
Ride Connection
9955 NE Glisan St, Portland OR 97220
Questions? Contact: Sherrin Coleman at 503-986-3169 or Sherrin.k.coleman@odot.state.or.us

2015 State Management Plan for Public Transportation Programs

July 23, 2015

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires that each state adopt policies and procedures to be used in administering FTA grant programs and publish them in a State Management Plan. This newly updated State Management Plan facilitates RPTD's management of federal and state programs, provides public information about RPTD programs, and is a program guide for applicants and subrecipients.  

This document can also be found in the "Quick Links" sidebar on the left.

2015 State Management Plan

Reasonable Modification Policy Template

June 30, 2015

Click here to view the document.

ADA Reasonable Accommodation Webinar

June 16, 2015

ADA Reasonable Accommodation Webinar PowerPoint and Q&A from Tuesday, June 9, 2015 presented by RLS/Richard Garrity and Veronica Court. 

2015-17 Biennial Solicitation Award Notice

June 15, 2015 

ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division has completed the review and award process for the following grant programs:

Enhanced Mobility of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310)

Special Transportation Fund Program (STF)

Rural Area Formula Program (5311)

Rural Intercity Bus Program (5311(f))

Contact your RTC with any questions about this notice.

2015 Bus Procurement Workshops

June 15, 2015

If you order buses, write the specification, or apply for the vehicle grants; check out our workshop! Schedule and Agenda

2015-2017 Application Solicitation Questions document updated March 2015

April 1, 2015

Click here to view the updated document.

Transit Website Accessibility paper benefiting vision impaired customers added to Research Studies

March 13, 2015

Click here to go to the Resources: Research Studies page and read more about this paper.

ODOT leads the way with new bus route planning application, transit agencies benefit

February 26, 2015

Transitmix is a new, cutting-edge web-based transit planning application that is turning heads all over the world.

Click here to read a recent article  touting this tool and showing how ODOT is leading the way as an early investor. This is just another example of ODOT using new technology to improve Oregon's transportation systems.

ODOT's Rail & Public Transit Division has made it possible for all Oregon transit agencies to use the pro version of this tool for one year at no cost! Webinars are available March 26 and March 30 for agencies and individuals who want to learn more. Contact Joel Manning for more details. You can also visit our Tools page to access the application.

Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement requirement

February 24, 2015

Chapter 600 of the 2013 Oregon Laws require that all state agencies collect Racial and Ethnic Impact Statements and other support documentation from applicants for grant agreements with State of Oregon agencies. Click here to view the form and accompanying guidance describing the requirements. (You can also find the form and guidance in our Guidance Library / Provider Handbook, Other Guidance tab.)

STF Supplement C added, funds available

January 2, 2015

The Legislature approved a third STF supplement in December, Supplement C, totaling $1,680,000. The funds are available now. STF agencies that already applied for Supplements A and B will receive an amendment from Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) to add the allocated Supplement C funds to their existing 2013-15 STF agreements. RPTD will deliver these amendments to listed STF agency contacts by e-mail in January. Please sign and return your agency's amendment as soon as possible to obligate your STF Supplement C funds.

Agencies that have not yet applied for STF Supplement A and/or B will receive specific instructions on how to apply for all remaining supplements in RPTD's January email.

Click here to go to the Programs & Funds: Enhanced Mobility / Special Needs page. Click the Funding tab, then scroll down to the STF section to view the updated allocation table and other related instructions and materials.

You can also click here to view the Updated 2013-2015 STF Allocation Table.

2015-2017 Grant Program Training Materials

Updated January 26, 2015

ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division held training workshops for §5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, §5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas, and Special Transportation Fund (STF) programs in December and January.

You can now access training materials on the "Funding" tab of each program-specific page in the Programs and Funds section of this site.

For further questions about this training, contact your Regional Transit Coordinator.