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General Public supports public transportation in both urban areas and rural communities (population below 50,000) and Tribal governments in Oregon. Typical projects include planning, capital, operating, and acquisition of public transportation services.

General public transportation providers are the primary system of transit service delivery in Oregon. Urban transit districts, Tribal governments, cities, counties, non-profit agencies, and for-profit operators such as taxi and intercity bus companies offer a wide range of transit services for general public. Many of these agencies are eligible to receive state and federal transit funding. Determination of eligibility is made by Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) in accordance with federal circulars and the policies defined by the State Management Plan. Transportation providers receiving state or federal funds are responsible to ensure that their projects are implemented in accordance with various requirements. Many of the services needed by the traveling public are provided by the private sector. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recognizes the value of for-profit transportation providers and reserves a seat on the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) for a representative of for-profit providers.

Mass Transit Vehicle Replacement

Urban area general public transit providers are eligible to receive ODOT Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to keep bus fleets in good condition and to replace large buses which have been in use past their established useful life. Mass Transit funding is offered to agencies in the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) areas that are eligible direct recipients of FTA §5307 (urban general public services) program funds. Project selection criteria for the vehicles are based on technical merit. Each vehicle proposed for replacement is ranked on a point scale. The ranking allows for up to 5 points for each of the following criteria:

  • Vehicle age meets or exceeds the standard for the vehicle type
  • Vehicle mileage meets or exceeds the standard for that vehicle type
  • Vehicle condition/statement of need provided by the applicant agency
  • "Like-for-like" replacements and "Right-sizing" replacements
Project Awards

Current solicitation information:
 Mass Transit Vehicle Replacement Program Allocation Table

 Christine West
 (503) 986-3410

Formula Grants for Rural Areas

Oregon communities with populations below 50,000 are eligible to receive federal funding to support community-based rural transportation in their areas. Funds may be used for planning, capital, operating, and acquisition of public transportation services. Each entity's annual award is determined by a formula. Eligible subrecipients must offer services that are open to the general public. FTA program goals include enhancing community access for people in nonurbanized areas, assisting in public transportation system maintenance and improvement, and encouraging efficient use of funds to provide transportation services including coordination of intercity services and private transportation providers

 David Schwert
 (503) 986-4305

Bus and Bus Facilities

The new FTA formula program for states §5339 Bus and Bus Facilities is replacing the §5309 State of Good Repair discretionary grant program. General public providers who operate fixed routes in small urban (population between 50,000 - 200,000) and rural (population below 50,000) communities are eligible to apply. In the 2015 cycle, replacement and "right-sizing" vehicles are eligible.

 Christine West
 (503) 986-3410

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.

Mass Transit Vehicle Replacement

Formula Grants for Rural Areas

Bus and Bus Facilities

National Transit Database (NTD)

The NTD was established by Congress to be the Nation's primary source for information and statistics on the transit systems of the United States. Recipients or beneficiaries of grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (§5307) or Formula Grants for Rural Areas (§5311) Program are required by statute to submit data to the NTD. Funding recipients receive notification from ODOT Public Transit to prepare annual data submissions.

2013 Rural NTD Reporting Manual (with 2014 updates)

2013 Rural NTD Reporting Glossary of Terms

Drug & Alcohol Testing Management Information System (DAMIS)

The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 mandated the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to combat prohibited drug use and alcohol misuse in the transportation industry. The DAMIS supports FTA's authority and responsibility to oversee compliance with these regulations. Funding recipients receive notification from ODOT Public Transit to prepare annual data submissions.

  • If your organization provides all transportation services: Use your user name and password to log on to FTA's web site (http://damis.dot.gov) and enter the information for your organization. Enter the data included on the report furnished to you by your Third Party Administrator (TPA) for your testing program.
  • If your organization does not directly provide transportation service and has no safety sensitive employees: Enter all zeros for your organization.
  • If your organization uses a contractor (purchased service): You are responsible for reporting testing data for organization(s) providing service on your behalf. You may pass on the user name(s) and password(s) to your contractor(s) or you may enter the data yourself. In either case, you are responsible for reviewing and approving all data before the data are submitted online.
  • When multiple subrecipients use the same contractor to provide transportation services, the contractor must report results by subrecipient.
  • If you added or removed a contractor during the calendar year (January 1-December 31), please let us know so we can update our records. Testing results should be reported for the contractor for the time period under contract and performing safety-sensitive functions during the year.
  • If the new contractor replaced a former contractor (within the same calendar year), also report testing results for the former contractor by submitting a completely separate MIS report. Do not combine the two contractors' results in one submission; submit them separately.
  • If you are a member of a consortium and you receive results for the entire consortium, you will need to get results for your organization. This is an employer-based reporting requirement and submissions must be by employers, not consortia.

  • Read more about drug and alcohol testing reports

  • Frequently asked questions about drug and alcohol testing reports

Charter Bus Service

The charter service regulation prohibits recipients of FTA funding from providing any charter service using FTA funded equipment or facilities if there is at least one private charter operator willing and able to provide the charter service that the recipient proposes to provide. The charter service regulation applies to both buses and vans.

Subrecipients of Section 5311 desiring to provide charter service must publish a notice annually and determine whether there are any private charter operators willing and able to provide the service. The State may conduct this process for itself and subrecipients or delegate this responsibility for the subrecipients to any or all of the subrecipients. The State must sign a charter agreement as part of the annual certifications and assurances, and obtain and retain signed charter agreements from its subrecipients. Funding recipients receive notification from ODOT Public Transit Division to prepare quarterly data submission on charter service.

Bus and Bus Facilities

Pending FTA circular publication

Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

To satisfy the employee protection requirements and comply with the procedural requirements for the Section 5311 program, the state applicant must certify the following information for each subrecipient :

  • Project description – what is being purchased, for what service and where is it going to be operated or located.
  • List of the transit providers in the service area of the applicants/recipient's project.

List of labor organizations representing employees of the applicant/recipients, and of labor organization representing other transit providers in the service area of the project.