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Special Transportation Fund (STF) Discretionary program public comment period open on funding recommendation
posted May 10, 2016
The recommendation for the distribution of $8 million in STF discretionary funds is now open for public comment through May 31.
The Public Transportation Advisory Committee will review public comments and confirm a final recommendation in early June.
Funding recommendation for Special Transportation Fund (STF) Discretionary Grant Program published
posted May 5, 2016
The STF Discretionary Review Panel has completed their recommendation for the distribution of $8 million in STF discretionary funds:
- This recommendation will be reviewed by the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) on May 9.
- The Rail and Public Transit Division will receive and document public comments on the recommendation between May 10 and May 31.
- The PTAC Executive Committee will review public comments and confirm a final recommendation in early June.
- The final recommendation will be presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission for approval June 16-17.
Additional background information on the STF Discretionary Process:
Transportation Options Plan newsletter published
posted April 27, 2016
In April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first statewide Transportation Options (TO) 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.
STF Discretionary Grant Review Panel Meeting
posted April 27, 2016
The Special Transportation Fund Discretionary Review Panel will meet on Tuesday, May 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Region 2 Campus Building X located at 855 Airport Road in Salem.
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