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


Discretionary Bus Application Package Available

posted February 3, 2016

The Discretionary Bus Application Package is now available.
Use this application to apply for 5307 Mass Transit, 5339 Bus and Bus Facility, and 5310 Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funding.
While the application for these three programs is the same, the eligibility requirements for each of these programs are unique. Be sure to read the application instructions to confirm your eligibility.
Please fill out one application for each funding source.
This application is due Thursday, March 31, 2016 to PTDApplications@odot.state.or.us. Please contact Christine West at Christine.A.WEST@odot.state.or.us with any questions.
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Important information regarding application of Senate Bill 142A

posted January 26, 2016

During the last legislative session, a new bill (Senate Bill 142A) was passed regarding passenger carrier safety requirements. The bill affects many of our public transit providers. 
Many providers have had questions about the new law. The attached documents have been prepared to provide additional information and to explain the new requirements.

If you have further questions, please contact Kenneth Stewart with the Motor Carrier Transportation Division at 503-378-5985.

STF Discretionary Program Application Available

posted Dec. 16, 2015

The application for the STF Discretionary Program is now available. The application is due by email to PTDApplications@odot.state.or.us by March 11, 2016.

This application is a PDF form and must be saved to your computer and completed using Adobe Acrobat or Reader. Right-click the link above and select "Save link as" to download the form. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader.


Winter Transportation Options Plan Newsletter

posted Dec. 2, 2015

The state's first statewide Oregon Transportation Options Plan identifies policies, programs, services and investments to expand transportation choices for Oregonians and support the efficient use of the state's transportation infrastructure. Check out the Winter Newsletter for an update on the implementation of the plan.

New Drug and Alcohol Compliance Training Resources

posted Nov. 17, 2015

RLS Associates visited three locations in Oregon this past fall for a full-day Drug and Alcohol Compliance training for managers.
Many found this presentation very useful and informative; below is the PowerPoint for reference:
Additional training is also available:
ODOT, in partnership with RLS Associates, has a free FTA-approved online Drug and Alcohol training course: Safety Sensitive Employee Substance Abuse Program.  This is a 60 minute training followed by a quiz and certificate of successful completion. 


Presentations and photos posted from annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference and Bus Roadeo

posted Nov. 17, 2015

Thank you for your support and being a part of another successful OPT Conference!
To see pictures and presentations, please visit the Oregon Transit Association website.



OPTIS User Guide Updated

posted October 16, 2015

ODOT Public Transit has begun editing the OPTIS User Guide to bring terminology up to date, describe current features, and provide accurate step-by-step instructions for working in the system.
Two important chapters have been completed: Periodic Reports (Chapter 8) and Reimbursement Requests (Chapter 9). We will be rolling out more revised chapters soon.  
If you have any questions about the new material, please contact your RTC or Maile Boals at maile.boals@odot.state.or.us.


2016 Advance Grant Notice Packet Published

posted October 19, 2015

ODOT Rail and Public Transit, with input from the Public Transportation Advisory Committee, is gearing up for new investments in public transportation in 2016. The following packet aims to help providers prepare for the upcoming round of grant applications.
The What's New section of this website will be updated with all new information about grant solicitations.
2016 Advance Grant Notice Packet