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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

This solicitation is for the STIF Formula Fund, which is intended to expand and improve public transportation services in Oregon. Review the Formula Fund Guidance and Application Instructions​ document for more information.

Timeline

The STIF Formula Fund Guidance and Application Instructions and the STIF Plan Template (application form) are available now. There are two application opportunities in the first STIF funding cycle with two corresponding submittal deadlines and review and approval cycles. Formula Fund submittals must be received by ODOT no later than November 1, 2018 for the first opportunity or May 1, 2019 for the second opportunity.

Only complete STIF Plan Applications will be accepted. If an applicant does not have a complete STIF Plan Application by the first deadline, the applicant may submit at the second deadline.

See the detailed Formula Fund Schedule for more information.

STIF Plan submissions from the November 1st deadline are available here​.

Funding

​Section 122 of House Bill 2017 provides statewide funding for public transportation service. Proceeds from the payroll tax will be deposited into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund. The Oregon Department of Revenue began assessing the tax July 1, 2018. The Oregon Department of Transportation will implement the Formula Fund program with 90 percent of these revenues distributed by formula to Qualified Entities, upon Oregon Transportation Commission approval of a STIF service improvement plan.

Match Requirements

There are no match requirements for STIF Formula Funds.

Eligible Recipients

Only a Qualified Entity may apply for STIF Formula Funds. A Qualified Entity is a county in which no part of a Mass Transit District or Transportation District exists, a Mass Transit District, a Transportation District or an Indian Tribe, per statute and OAR 732-040-0005.

Public Transportation Service Providers may receive STIF Formula Funds by requesting them through a Qualified Entity. A Public Transportation Service Provider is a city, county, Special District, Intergovernmental Entity or any other political subdivision or municipal or Public Corporation that provides Public Transportation Services. Under statute, non-profit public transportation providers are not eligible to apply for or receive STIF moneys through Qualified Entities, but may provide public transportation services as a vendor or contractor to either a Qualified Entity or a Public Transportation Service Provider.

A map of Qualified Entities is located in the STIF Rulemaking Document Library on the STIF webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RPTD/Pages/STIF.aspx.

Eligible Projects

​​STIF funding may be used to finance investments and improvements in public transportation services, except for light rail capital expenses. STIF may be used for public transportation purposes that support the effective planning, deployment, operation, and administration of public transportation programs including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Creation of new systems and services with origins, destinations or stops in Oregon;
  • Maintenance or continuation of systems and services, under certain circumstances; and
  • Planning for and development of a Local Plan or future STIF Plan to improve public transportation service.

STIF moneys are primarily intended to fund the expansion or improvement of public transportation in Oregon and priority will be given to plans that improve or expand services.​​

​​The majority of funding in this first funding cycle will be directed to improve or expand service. However, as services improve and expand, ongoing costs associated with operation and maintenance of the expansion will increase. OAR 732-040-0010(2)(b), which specifies that STIF funds may be used to maintain or continue systems and services, is directed to future scenarios where a Qualified Entity has expanded service by using STIF moneys and now needs to maintain that expansion. This section may also govern instances where one-time funds are no longer available (e.g., federal one-time discretionary funds, federal ARRA grant funds). STIF moneys are not intended to supplant local funding sources to maintain existing services. A STIF Plan that proposes to use STIF funding to replace local funding to maintain an existing service may result in denial of the funding request.

Application

STIF Plans (applications) must be received by ODOT no later than November 1, 2018 for the first opportunity or May 1, 2019 for the second opportunity.

For More Information

​STIF Formula Fund Guidance and Application Instructions

Guidance Amendment 1_Carry Forward Projects, Oct. 8, 2018​

STIF Plan Template (application form)​

PTSP Project Application Template (OPTIONAL). This template may be used by a Qualified Entity, at the Qualified Entity’s sole discretion, to accept Formula Fund project applications from Public Transportation Service Providers.

Formula Fund Schedule

Email Karyn Criswell, STIF Implementation Project Manager, or call 503-856-6172.
Additional Resources
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Award Announcement

​ODOT will announce STIF Formula Fund awards in April 2019 for STIF Plans submitted on November 1, 2018 and October 2019 for STIF Plans submitted on May 1, 2019.

Purpose

This solicitation is for two separate competitive statewide solicitations; the STIF Discretionary Fund and the Statewide Transit Network Program. Review the STIF Discretionary and Statewide Network Program Guidance and Grant Application Instructions document for more information.

Timeline

The STIF Discretionary and Statewide Network Program Guidance and Grant Application Instructions and Discretionary and STN Application Form are available now. Grant applications are due to ODOT no later than February 1, 2019.

Funding

Section 122 of House Bill 2017 provides statewide funding for public transportation service. Proceeds from the payroll tax will be deposited into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund. The Oregon Department of Revenue began assessing the tax July 1, 2018. ODOT is administering the STIF Discretionary Fund program with five percent of these revenues and the STN Program through a combination of four percent of STIF revenues and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311(f) moneys. The Oregon Transportation Commission will decide which projects to award funding.

Match Requirements

The match requirements for projects awarded through this solicitation will vary based on the project type and program funds used to fund the project. STIF Discretionary and Statewide Transportation Network-STIF Intercommunity Fund applicants must demonstrate their ability to provide at least 20 percent of the Project’s total costs. Projects that meet certain characteristics may be eligible for a 10 percent match rate.

For projects receiving Section 5311(f) funds, applicants must demonstrate their ability to provide a 50 percent match of the net cost for operations projects and a 20 percent match of the net cost for capital projects and project administration.

Eligible Recipients

Applicants to these fund programs must be Public Transportation Service Providers, as defined by OAR 732-040-0005(24) or, as relevant to FTA 5311(f) funding, entities eligible to receive FTA Section 5311(f) funding. Eligible STIF Discretionary Fund applicants may contract with a non-profit or for-profit public transportation provider following procurement requirements applicable to the source(s) of project funding.

Eligible Projects

Applicants to these fund programs must be Public Transportation Service Providers, as defined by OAR 732-040-0005(24) or, as relevant to FTA 5311(f) funding, entities eligible to receive FTA Section 5311(f) funding. Eligible STIF Discretionary Fund applicants may contract with a non-profit or for-profit public transportation provider following procurement requirements applicable to the source(s) of project funding.

Projects eligible to receive grants under the STIF Intercommunity Fund or FTA Section 5311(f) Intercity Fund include, but are not limited to, capital projects such as vehicles, facilities, equipment and technology, as well as mobility management, planning, research, pilot and ongoing operations projects.

STIF funding is not available for light rail capital expenses.

Application

Applications for funds under this solicitation must be received by ODOT no later than February 1, 2019. You may access the online application form here.

For More Information
Additional Resources
Award Announcement

ODOT will announce the STIF Discretionary and STN Program awards in August 2019.

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

Awarding 2019-2021 biennium formula funding in July 2019.

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 Administration’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 Administration 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 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 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
For More Information

email Christine West or call 503-986-3410 

Additional Resources
Award Announcement
Purpose

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

Timeline

​Awarding 2019-2021 biennium formula funding in July 2019.

Funding

​The majority of funds are distributed every two years to 35 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

​Operations 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 operations, capital, project administration, preventive maintenance, planning, mobility management, and acquisition of public transit services. Projects must support the provision of services for the general public.

Application
For More Information

​email Sharon Peerenboom or call 503-986-0958

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

​Awarding 2019-2021 biennium formula funding in July 2019.

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
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
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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

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

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.

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 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

​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 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

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

Deadline has passed.

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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: https://www.oregon.gov/lcd/TGM/Pages/Planning-Grants.aspx​.

Award Announcement

Awarding in August 2018

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Advance Notices and Trainings

2019-2021 Formula Programs Advance Notice

2018-2020 Discretionary Program Advance Notice

2017 Grant Management Training Presentation

Contact

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First Time Applicants

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