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​Enhanced Mobility / Special Needs

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.

 

 Information

 

​Information

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 individuals 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.

Click on the Funding, Guidance, Compliance, and Reference tabs above to learn more about Enhanced Mobility / Special Needs programs.

 

 Funding

 

​Funding

§5310 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, seniors, 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 individuals with disabilities.

Project Awards & Solicitation Information

Biennium 2015-17

§5310 Instructions
§5310 Application (Right-Click & Save As to download)
§5310 Application Companion for STF Agencies
Consolidated §5310 Application List
Advance Grant Programs Notice (includes allocation tables)
Training Handout
Training Presentation
Application Solicitation Questions
Web Link Reference Sheet (applications, instructions, and support materials)
Final 2015-17 Award Notice

Biennium 2013-15

§5310 Program Grant Awards

Contact

  Christine West    (503) 986-3410    christine.a.west@odot.state.or.us  

 

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 individuals with disabilities. Special Transportation Funds are awarded using a population-based formula and are often used to leverage federal program dollars. Some examples of funded services include training for how to use transit, access and operating support for volunteer and dial-a-ride services, expanding accessible fixed route transit, and providing information about options for those who can no longer drive.

The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature added $5 million in state general funds (Supplement A) 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 that $100,000 of the funds be used to continue a pilot project which currently tests activities to improve medical access for veterans.

In February 2014, the Legislature added another $4 million in additional general funds (Supplement B) to the STF program; this second supplement brings the total added funds to $9 million in general funds and restores the program to 2009 funding levels.

In December 2014, the Legislature added another $1.68 million in additional general funds (Supplement C) to the STF program. Total added funds now exceed $10 million.

Project Awards & Solicitation Information

STF Award (Current Biennium 2015-17)

Instructions
Application (Right-Click & Save As to download)
Advance Grant Programs Notice (includes allocation tables)
Training Handout
Training Presentation
Application Solicitation Questions
Web Link Reference Sheet (applications, instructions, and support materials)
Final 2015-17 Award Notice

STF Award (Previous Biennium 2013-15)

Instructions
Application for Supplemental Funds (Right-Click & Save As to download)
2013-15 STF Allocation (Original & Supplements A, B, C)

Contact

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

 

 

 Guidance

 

Guidance

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues guidance, often in the form of circulars, to provide grantees with direction on program specific issues and statutory requirements. FTA is in the process of preparing new interim program guidance and new and updated circulars under MAP-21. Please continue to consult the existing circulars, which will remain a resource for program guidance in most areas.

State program guidance is available in the STF Guidebook.

§5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

FTA Program overview  

FTA Circular C 9070.1G

Special Transportation Fund

STF Guidebook (See Appendix A for related Oregon Revised Statute and Administrative Rule) 

 

 Compliance

 

Compliance

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 seniors and individuals 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.

Update Your Coordinated Plan

Capital Inventory Management

Reporting 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 due at the same time. For more details about this and other asset management topics, see the Guidance Library / Provider Handbook area of our website, Asset Maintenance and Reporting tabs.

Additional Compliance Requirements for All Programs

See the Guidance Library / Provider Handbook section, Reporting and Compliance tabs, and the Civil Rights section of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines connected to funding for general public transportation service.

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook

Civil Rights

 

 Reference

 

Reference

ODOT State Management Plan

ODOT STIP Documents

FTA Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)  : Transforming the way we build, manage, and maintain our nation's transit systems.)

FTA Circulars  

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook