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Public Transit - ODOT


This program strengthens Oregon’s transit network by focusing on longer distance transit that connects communities to one another. This is accomplished through strategic investments and partnerships involving transit agencies and experts from both the public and private sectors. Typical project areas include capital, operations, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), marketing, and planning.





ODOT’s Intercity program provides Oregonians with options for statewide, car-free travel. It does this by coordinating transit connections between towns, rural communities, major transportation hubs, and urban centers. The program helps establish access to long distance bus routes for rural and underserved communities while also enhancing local and regional transit where service already exists.

The Oregon POINT is an example of how the Intercity program is providing long distance transit options that are fully connected to Oregon’s many local and regional services. Investment in GTFS data is another example of how the program is helping support better transit connections across the state. ODOT assists in the creation of this data for many agencies in Oregon and makes it publically available for use by developers in mapping and analysis applications like Google Maps.





Intercity Bus

Fifteen percent of the funds apportioned to the §5311 rural program are reserved for rural Intercity bus projects. RPTD 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.

Previous Project Awards and Solicitation Information

2015-17 5311 Rural Intercity Award Notice



  Matthew Barnes    (503) 986-4051    matthew.m.barnes@odot.state.or.us




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 interim program guidance and new and updated circulars under MAP-21. Please continue to consult the existing circulars, which remain a resource for program guidance in most areas.

Intercity Bus

FTA Circular C 9040.1G 
American Bus Association  
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  





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