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Check back regularly for announcements, news, and other items of interest related to public transportation.


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
The Public 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 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.  

Transportation Options Plan newsletter published

posted April 27, 2016
In April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first statewide Transportation Options Plan. First of its kind in the nation, the Oregon TO Plan identifies policies, programs, services, and investments to expand transportation choices for Oregonians and support the efficient use of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Get an update on the status of the Plan's implementation process via the new Spring 2016 Newsletter.

Oregon Public Transportation Plan underway - sign up for email updates

posted April 18, 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. 
Public involvement is critical to creating a successful plan that works for our whole state. Please visit the Oregon Public Transportation Plan website to learn more about the plan development process, and sign up for project email updates to receive information about plan development activities and public events.

Frank Thomas of Union County Public Transit appointed to National RTAP Review Board

posted March 7, 2016
The National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) has announced that Frank Thomas has been appointed to the National RTAP Review Board. The mission of National RTAP is to improve mobility in all rural, small urban and tribal communities across the country through technical assistance. This board provides in-depth expertise and local perspectives to ensure that National RTAP products and services are of the highest quality, easily accessible, and usable by local transit operators and state RTAP managers. Congratulations Frank!

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.
Many found this presentation very useful and informative; below is the PowerPoint for reference:
Additional training is also available:
Effects and Consequences of Prohibited Drug Use - 60 minute video training