Oregon's intercity program provides service options for statewide travel, connecting towns and rural communities with major transportation hubs and urban centers. ODOT works with Greyhound and other intercity operators to create regional connections that use the private investment to leverage federal funding. Intercity buses make scheduled connections with other intercity carriers to make traveling accessible, reliable and convenient. The program continues to fill gaps in our statewide transit system by bringing new bus routes to rural communities and other parts of the state that once were underserved. POINT services are one of the recent examples of intercity program's goal implementation.
Fifteen percent of the funds apportioned to the §5311 rural program are reserved for rural intercity bus projects. PTD uses funds by procuring transit services through competitive bids, and by soliciting discretionary grant projects. Eligible subrecipients are private companies, counties, mass transit districts, transportation districts, transportation service districts, Indian tribal governments, cities, councils of government and private nonprofit organizations.
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.
National Transit Database (NTD)
The National Transit Database 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 Non-Urbanized Area (Rural) Formula Program (§5311) are required by statute to submit data to the NTD. Funding recipients receive notification from ODOT Public Transit Division to prepare annual data submissions in August or September.
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 Division to prepare annual data submissions in late January or early February.
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.
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.
See the Reporting and Civil Rights sections of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines in connection with receiving funding for providing general public transportation service.
Reporting Civil Rights Site Review