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Public Transit - ODOT

General Public

The General Public program supports public transportation in urban areas, 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 the 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. 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 are in service 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

2016 Discretionary Award


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

§5311 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.


2017-19 Award and Solicitation Documents

2015-17 Award


  Sharon Peerenboom (503) 986-0958    sharon.k.peerenboom@odot.state.or.us


§5339 Bus and Bus Facilities

The new FTA formula program for states §5339 Bus and Bus Facilities replaces 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.

2016 5339 Discretionary Award

2015-17 5339 Formula Award


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






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 and beneficiaries of grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (§5307) or Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program (§5311) are required by statute to submit data to the NTD. Funding recipients receive notification from ODOT Public Transit to prepare annual data submissions.

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

U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

When federal funds are used to acquire, improve, or operate a transit system, federal law requires arrangements to protect the rights of affected mass transit employees. These arrangements must be approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) before the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) can release funds to grantees. The terms and conditions of the protective arrangements are included in the grantee's contract with FTA.
To satisfy employee protection requirements and comply with the procedural requirements for the §5311 program, ODOT Public Transit, as the state applicant, must certify the following information for each subrecipient:
  • Contact Information
  • Project description and type of assistance
  • List of the transit providers in the service area of the subrecipient's project
  • List of labor organizations representing employees of the subrecipients and labor organizations representing other transit providers in the service area of the project.
For additional information, contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Division of Statutory Programs, Washington, D.C., 20210 (202) 693-0126

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