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Public Transportation Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities support the delivery of public transportation in Oregon and are managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation.  

Funding Opportunities 

Purpose
Visit the ​​Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund website for complete information as it becomes available.
 

​Section 122 of Oregon House Bill 2017, passed into law in 2017, establishes a new dedicated source of funding for expanding public transportation service in Oregon.

Timeline

The ​​Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund website will be updated as information becomes available.

Funding

​Revenue will be generated from a payroll tax of one-tenth of one percent on wages paid to employees in Oregon. Proceeds from the payroll tax will be deposited into the STIF.

Match Requirements

​To be determined by Oregon Transportation Commission rule

Eligible Recipients

​​To be determined by Oregon Transportation Commission rule

Eligible Projects

​​To be determined by Oregon Transportation Commission rule

Application

To be announced

For More Information
Additional Resources
Award Announcement

​To be announced

Purpose

The main purpose of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program) is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. This also includes acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

Timeline

Applications due to ODOT by June 1, 2018.

Funding

Funding comes from the FTA's 5339 Program with available funds of $84.45 million for this solicitation

Project Budget: Applicants are encouraged to identify scaled funding options in case insufficient funding is available to fund a project at the full requested amount. If an applicant indicates that a project is scalable, the applicant must provide an appropriate minimum funding amount that will fund an eligible project that achieves the objectives of the program and meets all relevant program requirements. The applicant must provide a clear explanation of how the project budget would be affected by a reduced award. FTA may award a lesser amount whether or not a scalable option is provided.

Match Requirements

For Vehicles, the match is 15 percent local funds. For Bus-related Equipment and Facilities (such as recharging or refueling facilities), the match is 10 percent local funds.

Acceptable match sources are: cash from non-government sources other than revenues from providing public transportation services; revenues derived from the sale of advertising and concessions; amounts received under a service agreement with a state or local social service agency or private social service organization; revenues generated from value capture financing mechanisms; funds from an undistributed cash surplus; replacement or depreciation cash fund or reserve; new capital; or in-kind contributions. In addition, transportation development credits or documentation of in-kind match may substitute for local match if identified in the application.

Eligible Recipients

An eligible applicant is a designated recipient of FTA 5307 grants as well as states, local governmental authorities, and Indian tribes. ODOT will be applying on behalf of subrecipients who are not 5307 direct recipients.

Eligible Projects

Purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, and acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

FTA will consider the quality and extent to which applications demonstrate how the proposed project will: reduce energy consumption, reduce harmful emissions and reduce direct carbon emissions. Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed project is consistent with local and regional long range planning documents and local government priorities. Applicants must identify the source of the local cost share and describe whether such funds are currently available for the project or will need to be secured if the project is elected for funding.

Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and extent to which they demonstrate how the proposed project will address an unmet need for capital investment in vehicles and/or supporting facilities. For example: an applicant may demonstrate that it requires additional charging facilities for low- or no-emission vehicles, that it intends to replace existing vehicles that have exceeded their minimum useful life, or that it requires additional vehicles to meet current ridership demands.

Application

Deadline has passed​.

For More Information

Email Christine West or call 503-986-3410

Additional Resources

For more information about the Low-No Program and application process, please view the webinar.

Award Announcement
Purpose

This solicitation supports projects for operations, mobility management, purchased service, and preventive maintenance for transportation providers serving seniors and individuals with disabilities in rural areas.

Timeline

Applications available November, 2017

Applications due January 22, 2018

Grant agreements executed July 1, 2018

Funding
Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program which is distributed to states using a population-based formula in an amount set by Congress.​​ Distribution to local agencies is done through an ODOT discretionary selection process.
Match Requirements
Operating projects: local share 50 percent, federal share 50 percent
Other projects: local share 20 percent, federal share 80 percent
Eligible Recipients

Public transportation agencies providing rural services.

 

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include operations, mobility management, purchased service, and preventive maintenance

Application

Deadline has passed

For More Information
email Christine West or call 503-986-3410
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Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

This program funds the replacement and purchase of buses, bus equipment, and bus-related facilities such as signs and shelters for transportation providers in small urban and rural areas with population of 199,999 or less.

Timeline

Application available November, 2017

Application due February 20, 2018

Grant agreements executed July 1, 2018 

Funding

Funding comes from the FTA’s 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Program which is distributed to states in an amount set by Congress. Distribution to local agencies is done through an ODOT discretionary selection process.

Match Requirements

Vehicles: local share 15 percent, federal share 85 percent
Vehicle related equipment and facilities: local share 20 percent, federal share 80 percent

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are general public service providers who operate fixed routes in small urban and rural communities with a population of 199,999 or less.

Eligible Projects

​Eligible projects for the 2018-20 solicitation include vehicle replacement, vehicle right-sizing, vehicle expansion, equipment, signs, and shelters.

Application

Deadline has passed.

For More Information

email ​Christine West or call 503-986-3410

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

The mission of TGM is to support community efforts to expand transportation choices. By linking land use and transportation planning, TGM works with local governments to create vibrant, livable places in which people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go.

Timeline

Applications due June 8, 2018

Applications awarded August 2018

Funding

The TGM Program awards grants on an annual basis. TGM typically awards between $2 and $2.5 million per cycle. Projects are selected on a competitive basis within each of the five ODOT regions. The regional allocation – funds available for projects - is based on a formula that considers the number of cities and the population within a region. Grants generally have two-years for projects to be negotiated and completed. Award amounts generally range between $75,000 and $250,000.

Match Requirements

Local share is 12% of the total project cost. Grantees typically provide match in the form of cash or direct project costs, such as time and materials directly related to the project. Time that may be counted as project match includes that from grantee staff, grantee contract planners and engineers, or certain volunteers, such as project committee members. Communities defined as “distressed” by the Oregon Business Development Department may request a partial match waiver. The list of distressed communities is available online at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Publications/Distressed-List/​.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, councils of government on behalf of a city or county, and tribal governments. Certain special districts are eligible, such as transportation districts, metropolitan planning organizations, ports, mass transit districts, parks and recreation districts, and metropolitan service districts. School districts, and public colleges and universities, may be eligible as part of a joint application with a local government for an otherwise eligible project. Eligible applicants may join together to propose a project, such as a multi-county TSP or multi-city or city-county corridor plan.

Eligible Projects

TGM grants are for planning work leading to local policy decisions. Projects should result in the development of an adoption-ready plan or land use regulation or amendments to an existing plan or land use regulation. Projects that primarily do research or outreach, study an issue, compile data, or inventory information are generally not eligible for grant funding. TGM grants also cannot fund preliminary engineering, engineering, or construction work. If in doubt, discuss with your Region TGM planner about whether your proposed work is eligible.

Application

Find Application Materials at: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/TGM/Pages/grants.aspx.

For More Information

​Email Elizabeth Ledet​ or call 503-986-3205

Additional Resources

Find the Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement, Application Packet, examples of successful 2017 TGM applications, a list of all TGM grants to date, and help for developing a project approach and budget at: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/TGM/Pages/grants.aspx​

Award Announcement

Awarding in August 2018

Purpose

​This program funds the replacement of transportation buses for transportation providers in all areas of Oregon.

Timeline

​Application available November 2017

Application due February 20, 2018

Grant agreements executed July 1, 2018

Funding

​Funding comes from Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Block Grant Funds transferred into the 5310 Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, the 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program and/or the 5307 Mass Transit Vehicle Replacement Program, depending on eligibility of awarded projects.

Project selection is done by an ODOT evaluation committee using a point ranking system.

Match Requirements

​Local share is 10.27 percent, federal share is 89.73 percent.

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are Urban, Small Urban, and Rural public transportation agencies

Eligible Projects

​Eligible projects are vehicle replacements

Application

Deadline has passed.

For More Information

​email Christine West or call 503-986-3410

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

​This federal fund keeps urban fixed-route bus fleets in good condition and replaces large buses which are in service past their established useful life.

Timeline

Application available November 2017

Application due March 12, 2018

Funding

​Funds are distributed through a population-based formula. Funding comes from Surface Transportation Program funds from the Federal Highway Administration and 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grants from the Federal Transit Administration.
Project selection is done by an ODOT evaluation committee using a point ranking system. Approved funding allocations are applied for directly with FTA by the awarded agencies.

Match Requirements

​Local share is 10.27 percent, federal share 89.73 percent.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are urban area general public service providers who directly receive Federal Transit Administration 5307 funds.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include replacement and right-sizing of Category A and B vehicles.

Application

Deadline has passed.

For More Information
email ​Christine West or call 503-986-3410
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Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

This federal fund supports rural public transportation providers operating in areas with populations less than 50,000 by financing operations, capital, project administration, and preventive maintenance projects.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium funding in July 2017.

Funding

​The majority of funds are distributed every two years to 38 eligible agencies through a three-part formula which includes a base amount plus annual passenger trips, and annual service miles. Remaining funds are available in the Start-Up program for new transit systems.
Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration 5311 program. Funding also comes from ODOT’s transfer of Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program, or STP, funds into the 5311 program.

Match Requirements

​Operating projects: local share 43.92 percent, federal share 56.08 percent
Capital, planning and administration projects: local share 10.27 percent, federal share 89.73 percent

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients include public agencies, Indian tribes, or private nonprofit agencies operating general public transit services in rural areas that are not part of a designated urban area.
Private for-profit companies are not eligible for this program and may only participate as vendors with service contracts or agreements with an eligible recipient. Recipients are encouraged to consider including private for-profit transportation providers in their programs.

Eligible Projects

​Eligible projects include planning, capital, operating, project administration, and acquisition of public transit services. Projects must support the provision of services for the general public.

Application

Deadline has passed.

For More Information

​email Sharon Peerenboom or call 503-986-0958

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

​This federal fund source supports public transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities by funding eligible capital, purchased service, and preventive maintenance projects for transportation providers.

Timeline

Awarded 2017-2019 biennium formula funding in July 2017

Funding

Funds are awarded every two years using a population-based formula. Special Transportation Fund Agencies recommend projects for funding.

Funding comes from the Federal Transit Association’s 5310 program, which is distributed to states using a population-based formula in an amount set by Congress. Funding also comes from ODOT’s transfer of Federal Highway Association Surface Transportation Program funds to the 5310 program.

Match Requirements

​Operating projects: local share 50 percent, federal share 50 percent
Other projects: local share 20 percent, federal share 80 percent
STP Transfer projects: local share 10.27 percent, federal share 89.73 percent.

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are counties, mass transit districts, transportation districts, transportation service districts, Indian tribal governments, cities, councils of government, and private nonprofit organizations. Funds may be used in all areas of the state.

Private for-profit companies are not eligible for this program and may only participate as vendors with service contracts or agreements with an eligible recipients.
Eligible Projects

​​Eligible projects include vehicle purchases, passenger shelters, purchased services, preventive maintenance, travel training, marketing programs, development of centralized call centers, and other equipment that supports transportation to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Projects must be derived from a local Human Services Coordinated Plan.
Application

​Deadline has passed

For More Information

email Christine West or call 503-986-3410 

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

For the 2017-19 biennium, we shifted from funding an Intercity Program with an exclusively 5311(f) federal funding source to a Transit Network and Intercity Program funded primarily with 5311(f) funds.

The Transit Network and Intercity Program now encompasses the former Intercity Program purpose and eligible activities and expands it to include projects that support the statewide transit network, but might not meet 5311(f) requirements.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium funding in July 2017.

Funding

Funds are available through a competitive discretionary grant process based on statewide program criteria.

This program utilizes Federal Transit Administration Intercity 5311(f) funds and other funds. The mix of funding allows greater flexibility in Transit Network and Intercity Program projects.

Match Requirements

​Capital projects: local share 20 percent, federal share 80 percent
Operating projects: local share 50 percent, federal share 50 percent

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include agencies, public entities, Indian tribes, and private for-profit agencies that provide transit service.

Grants will not be awarded to support fixed route transit service without a process in place to create and maintain Google Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data that describe the service.

Eligible Projects

Regional connector services, planning, marketing, coordination, preventive maintenance, projects that support key transit hubs, and capital assistance for buses and shelters, regional connector services, planning, marketing, coordination, preventive maintenance, projects that support key transit hubs, and capital assistance for buses and shelters.

Application

​Deadline has passed.

For More Information
email Matthew Barnes or call 503-986-4051
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Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

​This state fund supports public transportation services for people who are senior and people of any age with disabilities.

Timeline

​Awarded 2017-2019 biennium formula funding in July 2017.

Funding

​Funds are distributed in two ways:

  • Special Transportation Fund Formula Program: awarded every two years using a population-based formula.
  • Special Transportation Fund Discretionary Program: funds remaining after the distribution of the formula program are retained in the Discretionary Grant Account and distributed through a competitive process.

Funding comes from various State of Oregon sources.

Match Requirements

​No local match is required for Special Transportation Formula Funds. The state determines if the discretionary projects will require local match.

Eligible Recipients

​There are 42 Special Transportation Fund Agencies eligible for Special Transportation funds. Special Transportation Fund Agencies distribute funds to subrecipients.

Eligible Projects

​Funds may be used for any purpose directly related to transportation services, including transit operations, capital equipment, planning, travel training and other transit-related purposes.

Application

​Deadline has passed.

For More Information

email Christine West or call 503-986-3410​

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

​This federal fund provides assistance to employees and volunteers of grant recipients and others to attend transit-related trainings. Training is provided directly by Public Transit Section staff or at state, regional, and national workshops and conferences.

Timeline

​Applications accepted year-round.

Funding

​Funds are distributed through competitive and formula processes based on criteria developed by the Public Transit Section. The number of scholarships awarded for a specific event or to an agency may be limited. The Public Transit Section reimburses qualified expenses to the agency (not the individual).
Funding is provided through state funding sources and the Federal Transit Administration’s Rural Transit Assistance Program (5311(b)(3)).

Match Requirements

​Scholarships generally support 50 to 80 percent of registration and travel expenses for a training or conference.

Eligible Recipients

​Employees and volunteers of grant recipients and transportation service providers are eligible. 

Eligible Projects

​Attendance at the annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference, grant-related trainings (such as trainings prior to a grant application cycle), transit manager topic trainings, grant management trainings, compliance trainings, training provided by other state agencies or other sources.

Application
For More Information
​Email Jaimie Baldwin or call 503-986-3669
​​​
Additional Resources
Award Announcement

​Accepted applicants notified by email.

Purpose

​This federal fund periodically provides grants for planning projects that lead to improved mobility and transit access for citizens, more livable and economically vibrant communities, and more efficient and well-coordinated public transportation systems.

Timeline

​Project proposals accepted year-round.

Funding

​Fund are awarded through a competitive selection process.

Match Requirements

​Local share is 20 percent, federal share is 80 percent

Eligible Recipients

​Eligible recipients are cities, counties, councils of government, rural and small urban transportation districts, tribal governments, and small urban Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Eligible Projects
  • ​Transit needs assessments
  • Short-range transit development plans
  • System design plans
  • Civil rights plans
  • Transit marketing plans
  • Site selection studies
  • Transit service implementation plans
  • Ridership surveys
  • Service coordination plans
  • Environmental impact analyses
  • Asset management plans
  • Safety and security plans
Application

Discuss proposals with your Regional Transit Coordinator.

For More Information
Additional Resources
Award Announcement

​N/A

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