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The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program. In February 2014 the Legislature added another $4 million additional general funds to the STF program; this second supplement brings the total added funds to $9 million additional general funds and restores the program to 2009 funding levels.

This funding will allow Community STF programs to begin to restore services and meet their area planning needs. It will also allow STF programs to use the new funds to match federal resources for their programs. The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program.

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The ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) supports public transportation in rural communities (population below 50,000) in Oregon each year through the 5311 Rural Area Formula Grant. Typical projects included operating assistance. This year the program expands eligibility by allowing capital and administrative projects a reduced local match requirement.

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The ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Planning Grant Program (PGP) provides funding for public transportation planning projects that lead to improved mobility and accessibility for citizens; more livable and economically vital communities; and efficient, connected and coordinated public transportation systems. There is an estimated $550,000 in FTA Section 5304 funds now available for this solicitation.

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The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program.

In October, the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) provided input on allocation and in November the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a population based distribution with a $30,000 biennial minimum allocation. The legislature also requested $100,000 of the funds be used to continue a pilot project that is currently testing activities to improve medical access for veterans. The funds are intended to return the program to previous service levels.

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The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature made $5 million in state general funds available to the Special Transportation (STF) Program.

In October, the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) provided input on allocation and in November the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a population based distribution with a $30,000 biennial minimum allocation. The legislature also requested $100,000 of the funds be used to continue a pilot project that is currently testing activities to improve medical access for veterans. The funds are intended to return the program to previous service levels.

See the table for the amount available for each STF Agency. STF Agencies should start now to identify projects with their normal process of public involvement. An application will be available soon.

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Training presentations from the recent Oregon Public Transportation Conference are now available on our site.

View the latest in public transportation on MAP-21 Requirements, Walkable and Livable Communities, Least Cost Planning, and Transportation Economics — just to name a few.

 

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The Oregon Public Transportation conference is one of the largest transit events of the year. We hope to see you there in Bend!

 Event: October 6 - 9, 2013
 Location: Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center in Bend, Oregon    Agenda

OPTC 2013, Running Rivers of Change

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Ways to make public transit easier to use and access are spelled out in a new guidebook, Transit in Small Cities: A Primer for Planning, Siting, and Designing Transit Facilities in Oregon.

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The new primer addresses dozens of questions faced by small cities seeking to make local transit systems more accessible, more comfortable, and more supportive of such broad community goals as downtown revitalization, economic development, and better mobility for everyone.

Where to locate bus shelters? How to integrate them into the community? What amenities (e.g., benches and lighting) to provide? How to make transit stops accessible for everyone, including the elderly, people with disabilities, bicyclists and pedestrians? Where to put park-and-rides – and how to integrate them into surrounding neighborhoods? How to involve local stakeholders in transit facility planning? Where to find funding for transit facilities? These and other questions are discussed in the 77-page primer produced by the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM).

TGM worked with the Public Transit Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation and Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop this primer, which is intended to help small-city transit agencies, local governments, and others working to improve transit facilities. Click here to download the new publication. For more information about the primer – or TGM's technical services to local governments – contact Constance Beaumont at constance.beaumont@state.or.us.

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