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

 

Free event to connect small businesses with public transit agencies 

Posted June 23, 2016

ODOT Intermodal Civil Rights is offering a FREE event to connect businesses with local transit agencies and public works departments. A panel will discuss upcoming projects, possible contracting needs, methods of advertising opportunities, and answer questions from the audience. Refreshments are provided.
 
Thursday July 14
8:30AM - 3:30PM
Small Business Development Center| 101 S. Bartlett Street | Medford, OR 97501
 
Learn about contracting opportunities, which may include:
• Bus Shelters
• Maintenance (building and vehicle)
• Planning
• Transportation services
• Graphics
• Drug & Alcohol Screening
• General construction
• Landscaping
• Preventive Maintenance
• Paving
• And more
 

 

72 Special Transportation Fund projects recommended for $8 million in funding

June 16 update: approved by Oregon Transportation Commission

posted June 6, 2016
 
The Public Transportation Advisory Committee is recommending $8 million in funds for 72 projects around the state benefiting transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, among others. The Oregon Special Transportation Fund is a state-funded program for transportation services needed to access to health, education, work and social/recreational opportunities so that seniors and individuals with disabilities may live as independently and productively as possible. The recommendations now go to the Oregon Transportation Commission for final approval at its June 16 meeting in Hood River.
 

In March 2016, designated Special Transportation Fund agencies submitted 94 applications requesting $13.3 million. Projects recommended for funding range from bus purchases to translation services, from adding bus shelters to enhancing non-emergency medical transportation services. The applications were evaluated and ranked by several stakeholder committees, reviewed by ODOT staff for feasibility, and discussed at several public hearings. Evaluation criteria included how well the project contributed to investment goals of providing support for cost-effective programs, innovation and growing the economy, among other requirements of the Special Transportation Fund.

  
 
 
 
 

Projects recommended for Discretionary Bus Package funding

posted June 2, 2016
 
Awards have been announced for the the Discretionary Bus Package, which includes 5307 Mass Transit, 5339 Bus and Bus Facility, and 5310 Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funding.  
 
 
 
Learn more about the Discretionary Bus Package, including selection criteria, in the application instructions for each fund below.  
 
 
 
 
 

Transportation Options Plan newsletter published

 
posted April 27, 2016
In April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first statewide Transportation Options Plan. First of its kind in the nation, the Oregon TO Plan identifies policies, programs, services, and investments to expand transportation choices for Oregonians and support the efficient use of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
  
Get an update on the status of the Plan's implementation process via the new Spring 2016 Newsletter.
 
  
 

Oregon Public Transportation Plan underway - sign up for email updates

 
posted April 18, 2016
 
ODOT has begun work to develop a new Oregon Public Transportation Plan. This plan will provide a statewide vision for the public transportation system, describe the role of public transit in contributing to Oregon's overall transportation system, and provide a policy framework to inform decision making and guide investment strategies. 
 
 
Public involvement is critical to creating a successful plan that works for our whole state. Please visit the Oregon Public Transportation Plan website to learn more about the plan development process, and sign up for project email updates to receive information about plan development activities and public events.
 
 
 
 
 

Frank Thomas of Union County Public Transit appointed to National RTAP Review Board

 
posted March 7, 2016
 
The National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) has announced that Frank Thomas has been appointed to the National RTAP Review Board. The mission of National RTAP is to improve mobility in all rural, small urban and tribal communities across the country through technical assistance. This board provides in-depth expertise and local perspectives to ensure that National RTAP products and services are of the highest quality, easily accessible, and usable by local transit operators and state RTAP managers. Congratulations Frank!
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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:
 
Effects and Consequences of Prohibited Drug Use - 60 minute video training