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Public Transportation Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities support the delivery of public transportation in Oregon and are managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation.  

Funding Opportunities 

Purpose

​Section 122 of Oregon House Bill 2017, passed into law in 2017, establishes a new dedicated source of funding for expanding public transportation service in Oregon.

Timeline

The ​​Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund website will be updated as information becomes available.

Funding

​Revenue will be generated from a payroll tax of one-tenth of one percent on wages paid to employees in Oregon. Proceeds from the payroll tax will be deposited into the STIF.

Match Requirements

​To be determined by Oregon Transportation Commission rule

Eligible Recipients

​​To be determined by Oregon Transportation Commission rule

Eligible Projects

​​To be determined by Oregon Transportation Commission rule

Application

To be announced

For More Information
Additional Resources
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​To be announced

Purpose

This federal fund supports public transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities by financing capital, purchased service, and preventive maintenance projects.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium funding in July 2017.

Funding
Funds are awarded every two years using a population-based formula. Special Transportation Fund Agencies recommend projects for funding.

Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration's 5310 program, which is distributed to states using a population-based formula in an amount set by Congress. Funding also comes from ODOT’s transfer of Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program, or STP funds into the 5310 program.
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Match Requirements
Capital projects: local share 20 percent, federal share 80 percent
Operating projects: local share 50 percent, federal share 50 percent
STP Transfer projects: local share 10.27 percent, federal share 89.73 percent.
Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are counties, mass transit districts, transportation districts, transportation service districts, Indian tribal governments, cities, councils of government, and private nonprofit organizations. Funds may be used in all areas of the state.

Private for-profit companies are not eligible for this program and may only participate as vendors with service contracts or agreements with an eligible recipient.

Eligible Projects

​Eligible projects include vehicle purchases, passenger shelters, purchased services, preventive maintenance, travel training, marketing programs, development of centralized call centers, and other equipment that supports transportation to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Projects must be derived from a local Human Services Coordinated Plan.

Application
Deadline has passed. ​​
For More Information
email Christine West or call 503-986-3410
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Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

This federal fund supports rural public transportation providers operating in areas with populations less than 50,000 by financing operations, capital, project administration, and preventive maintenance projects.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium funding in July 2017.

Funding

​The majority of funds are distributed every two years to 38 eligible agencies through a three-part formula which includes a base amount plus annual passenger trips, and annual service miles. Remaining funds are available in the Start-Up program for new transit systems.
Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration 5311 program. Funding also comes from ODOT’s transfer of Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program, or STP, funds into the 5311 program.

Match Requirements

​Operating projects: local share 43.92 percent, federal share 56.08 percent
Capital, planning and administration projects: local share 10.27 percent, federal share 89.73 percent

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients include public agencies, Indian tribes, or private nonprofit agencies operating general public transit services in rural areas that are not part of a designated urban area.
Private for-profit companies are not eligible for this program and may only participate as vendors with service contracts or agreements with an eligible recipient. Recipients are encouraged to consider including private for-profit transportation providers in their programs.

Eligible Projects

​Eligible projects include planning, capital, operating, project administration, and acquisition of public transit services. Projects must support the provision of services for the general public.

Application

Deadline has passed.

For More Information

​email Sharon Peerenboom or call 503-986-0958

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

For the 2017-19 biennium, we shifted from funding an Intercity Program with an exclusively 5311(f) federal funding source to a Transit Network and Intercity Program funded primarily with 5311(f) funds.

The Transit Network and Intercity Program now encompasses the former Intercity Program purpose and eligible activities and expands it to include projects that support the statewide transit network, but might not meet 5311(f) requirements.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium funding in July 2017.

Funding

Funds are available through a competitive discretionary grant process based on statewide program criteria.

This program utilizes Federal Transit Administration Intercity 5311(f) funds and other funds. The mix of funding allows greater flexibility in Transit Network and Intercity Program projects.

Match Requirements

​Capital projects: local share 20 percent, federal share 80 percent
Operating projects: local share 50 percent, federal share 50 percent

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include agencies, public entities, Indian tribes, and private for-profit agencies that provide transit service.

Grants will not be awarded to support fixed route transit service without a process in place to create and maintain Google Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data that describe the service.

Eligible Projects

Regional connector services, planning, marketing, coordination, preventive maintenance, projects that support key transit hubs, and capital assistance for buses and shelters, regional connector services, planning, marketing, coordination, preventive maintenance, projects that support key transit hubs, and capital assistance for buses and shelters.

Application

​Deadline has passed.

For More Information
email Matthew Barnes or call 503-986-4051
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Purpose

​This federal funding source assists with replacing, rehabilitating, and purchasing buses and related equipment, and constructing bus-related facilities.

Timeline

​Awarded in July 2016.

Funding

​Funds are distributed every two years through a selection process based on need. Projects are ranked on a point scale using criteria developed by the Public Transit Section and the Public Transportation Advisory Committee.

Match Requirements

​Vehicles: local share 15 percent, federal share 85 percent
Vehicle related equipment and facilities: local share 10 percent, federal share 90 percent

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are general public service providers who operate fixed routes in small urban communities (population between 50,000 - 200,000) and rural communities (population below 50,000).

Eligible Projects

​Eligible projects include replacement, rebuild and purchase of buses and related equipment, and the construction of bus related facilities.

Application

​Deadline has passed.

For More Information

email ​Christine West or call 503-986-3410

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Purpose

​This federal fund keeps urban fixed-route bus fleets in good condition and replaces large buses which are in service past their established useful life.

Timeline

​Awarded July 2016.

Funding

​Funds are distributed through a population-based formula. Funding comes from Surface Transportation Program funds from the Federal Highway Administration and 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grants from the Federal Transit Administration.
Projects are awarded based on need using a point scale and criteria developed by the Public Transit Section and the Public Transportation Advisory Committee.

Match Requirements

​Local share is 10.27 percent, federal share 89.73 percent.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are urban area general public service providers who directly receive Federal Transit Administration 5307 funds.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include replacement and right-sizing of Category A and B vehicles.

Application

Deadline has passed.

For More Information
email ​Christine West or call 503-986-3410
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Purpose

​This state fund supports public transportation services for people who are senior and people of any age with disabilities.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium formula funding in July 2017.

Funding

​Funds are distributed in two ways:

  • Special Transportation Fund Formula Program: awarded every two years using a population-based formula.
  • Special Transportation Fund Discretionary Program: funds remaining after the distribution of the formula program are retained in the Discretionary Grant Account and distributed through a competitive process.

Funding comes from various State of Oregon sources.

Match Requirements

​No local match is required for Special Transportation Formula Funds. The state determines if the discretionary projects will require local match.

Eligible Recipients

​There are 42 Special Transportation Fund Agencies eligible for Special Transportation funds. Special Transportation Fund Agencies distribute funds to subrecipients.

Eligible Projects

​Funds may be used for any purpose directly related to transportation services, including transit operations, capital equipment, planning, travel training and other transit-related purposes.

Application

​Deadline has passed.

For More Information

email Christine West or call 503-986-3410​

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

​This federal fund provides assistance to employees and volunteers of grant recipients and others to attend transit-related trainings. Training is provided directly by Public Transit Section staff or at state, regional, and national workshops and conferences.

Timeline

​Applications accepted year-round.

Funding

​Funds are distributed through competitive and formula processes based on criteria developed by the Public Transit Section. The number of scholarships awarded for a specific event or to an agency may be limited. The Public Transit Section reimburses qualified expenses to the agency (not the individual).
Funding is provided through state funding sources and the Federal Transit Administration’s Rural Transit Assistance Program (5311(b)(3)).

Match Requirements

​Scholarships generally support 50 to 80 percent of registration and travel expenses for a training or conference.

Eligible Recipients

​Employees and volunteers of grant recipients and transportation service providers are eligible. 

Eligible Projects

​Attendance at the annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference, grant-related trainings (such as trainings prior to a grant application cycle), transit manager topic trainings, grant management trainings, compliance trainings, training provided by other state agencies or other sources.

Application
For More Information
​email Casandra Mance or call 503-986-3669
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Additional Resources
Award Announcement

​Accepted applicants notified by email.

Purpose

​This federal fund periodically provides grants for planning projects that lead to improved mobility and transit access for citizens, more livable and economically vibrant communities, and more efficient and well-coordinated public transportation systems.

Timeline

​Project proposals accepted year-round.

Funding

​Fund are awarded through a competitive selection process.

Match Requirements

​Local share is 20 percent, federal share is 80 percent

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are cities, counties, councils of government, rural and small urban transportation districts, tribal governments, and small urban Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Eligible Projects
  • ​Transit needs assessments
  • Short-range transit development plans
  • System design plans
  • Civil rights plans
  • Transit marketing plans
  • Site selection studies
  • Transit service implementation plans
  • Ridership surveys
  • Service coordination plans
  • Environmental impact analyses
  • Asset management plans
  • Safety and security plans
Application

Discuss proposals with your Regional Transit Coordinator.

For More Information
Additional Resources
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​N/A

Purpose

​ConnectOregon invests in air, rail, marine, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure to ensure Oregon’s transportation system is strong, diverse, and efficient.

Timeline
Funding

​ConnectOregon is a lottery-backed bond initiative.

Match Requirements

​A minimum 30% match is required.

Eligible Recipients

Public, private, and non-profit entities.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects must meet the definition of a “Transportation Project” as defined in the application materials.

​Projects eligible for funding from state fuel tax revenues (section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution, the Highway Trust Fund), are not eligible for ConnectOregon funding.

Application
For More Information
Email Scott Turnoy, Interim Freight Program Manager, or call 503-986-3703.
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Additional Resources
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