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The program is focused on service and capital transit asset improvements for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Typical projects include vehicle fleet growth and maintenance, facilities, signs, equipment, and contracted service.

Accessible transportation programs are designed to remove barriers, coordinate services throughout the state, and expand options for people with special transportation needs. Public transportation providers must provide comparable access for people with disabilities and other physical limitations. Accessible transit services, also known as paratransit, offer additional services that regular transit cannot. Contact your local transit agency or Regional Transit Coordinator for more information about access to both paratransit and regular fixed-route transit services.

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Oregon distributes state, FTA and ODOT Surface Transportation Program funds biannually to improve service to the special needs, elderly and other transit-dependent populations beyond traditional services. Typical projects include vehicle fleet growth and maintenance, facilities, signs, equipment, and purchased service. This allows service providers to maintain assets and services that are safe, in good condition, and designed appropriately for the specified routes and services. Funds can also be used to provide operations, travel training, and information for seniors and people with disabilities.

Project Awards

Current solicitation information:

Special Transportation Fund (STF)

Oregon's STF Program provides financial support to designated counties, transit districts, and Indian tribal governments for special transportation services benefiting seniors and people with disabilities. Special Transportation Funds are awarded on a population-based formula and often used to leverage federal program dollars. Some examples of funded services include: training on how to use transit, access and operating support for volunteer and dial-a-ride services, expanded accessible fixed transit, and information on options for those no longer able to drive.

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. Each of the designated STF Agencies is eligible to apply.

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.

Project Awards & Solicitation Information

Contact
 David Schwert
 (503) 986-4305
 david.j.schwert@odot.state.or.us

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Oregon distributes state, FTA and ODOT Surface Transportation Program funds biannually to improve service to the special needs, elderly and other transit-dependent populations beyond traditional services. Typical projects include vehicle fleet growth and maintenance, facilities, signs, equipment, and purchased service. This allows service providers to maintain assets and services that are safe, in good condition, and designed appropriately for the specified routes and services. Funds can also be used to provide operations, travel training, and information for seniors and people with disabilities.

Project Awards

Current solicitation information:

Special Transportation Fund (STF)

Oregon's STF Program provides financial support to designated counties, transit districts, and Indian tribal governments for special transportation services benefiting seniors and people with disabilities. Special Transportation Funds are awarded on a population-based formula and often used to leverage federal program dollars. Some examples of funded services include: training on how to use transit, access and operating support for volunteer and dial-a-ride services, expanded accessible fixed transit, and information on options for those no longer able to drive.

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. Each of the designated STF Agencies is eligible to apply.

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.

Project Awards & Solicitation Information

Contact
 David Schwert
 (503) 986-4305
 david.j.schwert@odot.state.or.us

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Service Transportation Plan

Oregon's STF administrative rule requires that STF Agencies (the governing bodies of counties, transportation districts and Indian tribes designated by state law to receive the STF moneys) prepare a plan that will guide the investment of STF moneys to help the elderly and people with disabilities get needed transportation within that area. FTA mandates this requirement for all project awards in Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

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Capital Inventory Management

Report on mileage, status, and condition of all vehicle assets acquired with FTA funds received from ODOT Public Transit is required at the end of each fiscal year. Reporting on status and condition of capitalized equipment and shelter/facility projects is also due at the same time. See OPTIS quarterly report information area of our site for more details.

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