Check back regularly for announcements, news, and other items of interest related to public transportation.
2017-2019 Advance Grant Notice Published
Posted October 25, 2016
The Rail and Public Transit Division is gearing up for new investments in public transportation for the 2017-2019 biennium.
The following notice will help program participants prepare for the next round of grants. The notice includes a grant program schedule and information about the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, Formula Grants for Rural Areas, the Special Transportation Fund, and Transit Network and Intercity discretionary funds.
Grant applications will be published in early November.
Upcoming ODOT Public Transit Solicitation and Procurement Training
Posted October 19, 2016
Transit staff will be holding training sessions throughout Oregon and online in
October and November, 2016.
will cover program opportunities for the next biennium, including grant applications,
program changes, and requirements.
sessions, Christine West, Capital Program Coordinator, will discuss procurement,
asset management, and our newly-formed Oregon Maintenance Council. During
lunch, an Operations Support Analyst will present an overview of OPTIS,
including new updates to the system. In the afternoon, a Regional Transit Coordinator
will explain 2017-2019 program opportunities.
to the appropriate Regional Transit Coordinator for the session you plan to
attend. Lunch will be provided.
Public Transit staff recognized for contributions to ODOT
Posted October 6, 2016
Joni Bramlett, Region 4 Regional Transit Coordinator, and
Cassie Mance, Training Coordinator, have been awarded 2016 ODOT Transportation
Excellence Awards. The Transportation
Excellence awards recognize individual ODOT employees for their
contributions to the agency, demonstrating the Intermodal Oregon
themes—Intermodal Solutions, Integrated Decision-Making, Efficiency Gains and
Improved Customer Service—in efforts that are above and beyond.
Joni received a Lifetime Career Achievement Award, and
Cassie received an Emerging Leader Award.
Way to go, Joni and Cassie!
Oregon Public Transportation Plan underway - we want your feedback!
Posted September 16, 2016
ODOT has begun work to develop a new Oregon Public Transportation Plan. This plan will provide a statewide vision for the public transportation system, describe the role of public transit in contributing to Oregon's overall transportation system, and provide a policy framework to inform decision making and guide investment strategies.
Transit Asset Management Rule Information Published
Posted August 15, 2016
The Federal Transit Administration Transit Asset Management Final Rule was published July 26, 2016 and will become effective October 1, 2016. The final rule defines the term state of good repair and establishes minimum Federal requirements for transit asset management. This applies to all recipients of Federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 who own, operate, or manage public transportation capital assets.
Learn more about how and when the Transit Asset Management rule will impact your agency:
Transit Network grant awards finalized
Posted July 26, 2016
The Oregon Department of
Transportation is awarding funding to 10 projects from around the state that enhance
Oregon’s statewide fixed route transit network. Funding comes from a variety of
sources administered by the Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD). The
recommendations were reviewed and finalized by the Public Transit Advisory Committee.
In June of 2016, a
committee composed of PTAC, RPTD, ODOT Planning Section, and ODOT Active
Transportation Section representatives reviewed 12 applications. The total
application request was $996,647. The applications were evaluated, scored, and
ranked for applicant eligibility,
applicant management capacity, coordination with other partners, project value,
and statewide transit network impact including how well the projects improved
access to transit and connections between modes. Projects recommended for
funding include a vehicle purchase, site improvements, a shared-use path, and electronic
data solutions. The final total award recommendation is $811,471. Grant agreements will be executed in September, 2016.
72 Special Transportation Fund projects recommended for $8 million in funding
June 16 update: approved by Oregon Transportation Commission
posted June 6, 2016
Transportation Advisory Committee is recommending $8 million in funds for 72 projects around the state benefiting transportation services for seniors and
individuals with disabilities, among others. The Oregon Special Transportation
Fund is a state-funded program for transportation services needed to access to
health, education, work and social/recreational opportunities so that seniors
and individuals with disabilities may live as independently and productively as
possible. The recommendations now go to the Oregon Transportation Commission
for final approval at its June 16 meeting in Hood River.
In March 2016,
designated Special Transportation Fund agencies submitted 94 applications
requesting $13.3 million. Projects recommended for funding range from bus
purchases to translation services, from adding bus shelters to enhancing
non-emergency medical transportation services. The applications were evaluated
and ranked by several stakeholder committees, reviewed by ODOT staff for
feasibility, and discussed at several public hearings. Evaluation criteria
included how well the project contributed to investment goals of providing
support for cost-effective programs, innovation and growing the economy, among
other requirements of the Special Transportation Fund.
STF Review Committee Funding Recommendation
Projects recommended for Discretionary Bus Package funding
posted June 2, 2016
Awards have been announced for the Discretionary Bus Package, which includes 5307 Mass Transit, 5339 Bus and Bus Facility, and 5310 Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funding.
Learn more about the Discretionary Bus Package, including selection criteria, in the application instructions for each fund below.
Important information regarding application of Senate Bill 142A
posted January 26, 2016
During the last legislative session, a new bill (Senate Bill 142A) was passed regarding passenger carrier safety requirements. The bill affects many of our public transit providers.
Many providers have had questions about the new law. The attached documents have been prepared to provide additional information and to explain the new requirements.
If you have further questions, please contact Kenneth Stewart with the Motor Carrier Transportation Division at 503-378-5985.
New Drug and Alcohol Compliance Training Resources
posted Nov. 17, 2015
RLS Associates visited three locations in Oregon this past fall for a full-day Drug and Alcohol Compliance training for managers.