Accessible transportation programs are designed to remove barriers, coordinate services throughout the state, and expand options for people with special transportation needs. Public transportation providers must provide comparable access for people with disabilities and other physical limitations. Accessible transit services, also known as paratransit, offer additional services that regular transit cannot. Contact your local transit agency or Regional Transit Coordinator for more information about access to both paratransit and regular fixed-route transit services.
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Oregon distributes state, FTA and ODOT Surface Transportation Program funds biannually to improve service to the special needs, elderly and other transit-dependent populations beyond traditional services. Typical projects include vehicle fleet growth and maintenance, facilities, signs, equipment, and purchased service. This allows service providers to maintain assets and services that are safe, in good condition, and designed appropriately for the specified routes and services. Funds can also be used to provide operations, travel training, and information for seniors and people with disabilities.
Project Awards & Solicitation Information
Special Transportation Fund (STF)
Oregon's STF Program provides financial support to designated counties, transit districts, and Indian tribal governments for special transportation services benefiting seniors and people with disabilities. Special Transportation Funds are awarded using a population-based formula and are often used to leverage federal program dollars. Some examples of funded services include training for how to use transit, access and operating support for volunteer and dial-a-ride services, expanding accessible fixed route transit, and providing information about options for those who can no longer drive.
The September 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature added $5 million in state general funds (Supplement A) 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 that $100,000 of the funds be used to continue a pilot project which currently tests activities to improve medical access for veterans.
In February 2014, the Legislature added another $4 million in additional general funds (Supplement B) to the STF program; this second supplement brings the total added funds to $9 million in general funds and restores the program to 2009 funding levels.
In December 2014, the Legislature added another $1.68 million in additional general funds (Supplement C) to the STF program. Total added funds now exceed $10 million.
Project Awards & Solicitation Information
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues guidance, often in the form of circulars, to provide grantees with direction on program specific issues and statutory requirements. FTA is in the process of preparing new interim program guidance and new and updated circulars under MAP-21. Please continue to consult the existing circulars, which will remain a resource for program guidance in most areas.
State program guidance is available in the STF Guidebook.
§5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Special Transportation Fund
- STF Guidebook (See Appendix A for related Oregon Revised Statute and Administrative Rule)
Coordinated Public Transit-Human Service Transportation Plan
Oregon's STF administrative rule requires that STF Agencies (the governing bodies of counties, transportation districts and Indian tribes designated by state law to receive the STF moneys) prepare a plan that will guide the investment of STF moneys to help the elderly and people with disabilities get needed transportation within that area. FTA mandates this requirement for all project awards in Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.
Update Your Coordinated Plan
Capital Inventory Management
Report on mileage, status, and condition of all vehicle assets acquired with FTA funds received from ODOT Public Transit is required at the end of each fiscal year. Reporting on status and condition of capitalized equipment and shelter/facility projects is also due at the same time. See OPTIS quarterly report information area of our site for more details.
Additional Compliance Requirements for All Programs
See the Reporting, Civil Rights, and Site Review sections of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines connected to funding for general public transportation service.
Reporting Civil Rights Site Review