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


Special Transportation Fund (STF) Discretionary program public comment period open on funding recommendation

posted May 10, 2016

The recommendation for the distribution of $8 million in STF discretionary funds is now open for public comment through May 31.
Please submit comments via email to David Schwert at David.J.SCHWERT@odot.state.or.us.
The Public Transportation Advisory Committee will review public comments and confirm a final recommendation in early June.

Funding recommendation for Special Transportation Fund (STF) Discretionary Grant Program published

posted May 5, 2016

The STF Discretionary Review Panel has completed their recommendation for the distribution of $8 million in STF discretionary funds:
Next steps:
  • This recommendation will be reviewed by the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) on May 9.
  • The Rail and Public Transit Division will receive and document public comments on the recommendation between May 10 and May 31.
  • The PTAC Executive Committee will review public comments and confirm a final recommendation in early June.
  • The final recommendation will be presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission for approval June 16-17.

Additional background information on the STF Discretionary Process:



Transportation Options Plan newsletter published

posted April 27, 2016

In April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first statewide Transportation Options (TO) 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.


STF Discretionary Grant Review Panel Meeting

posted April 27, 2016

The Special Transportation Fund Discretionary Review Panel will meet on Tuesday, May 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Region 2 Campus Building X located at 855 Airport Road in Salem.


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