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November 20, 2018

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is supporting research on transportation access to health care titled, Guidebook and Research Plan to Help Communities Improve Transportation to Health Care Services. The research is intended to help communities build more effective relationships to improve passenger-focused mobility services to access health care services. The guidebook will serve three important audiences—the health care sector, the transportation sector, and other stakeholders.

TCRP is conducting an initial survey to identify the best practices and case studies to be highlighted in the final report. They will be featuring best practices and innovations in operation, collaboration, coordination and any other aspect of access to health care.

The study team is seeking transportation providers that currently collaborate with health care providers in the provision of transportation and have successful strategies to share. They would really like to hear from you. Below is the link to the survey, it should only take 10 minutes. If you would rather call, they can complete the survey over the telephone (see the survey for details).

The link to the survey is available here.

Please complete no later than November 30, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jamaal Schoby:

Jamaal Schoby
Public Transit Consultant
KFH Group
4920 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD 20814



October 2, 2018

The Oregon Public Transportation Plan, or OPTP, was adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission on September 20, 2018. ODOT Planning and Transit staff worked with stakeholders and the public to develop the new plan and reflect diverse interests statewide. Plan advisory committees assisted ODOT throughout, and in each of 2016, 2017, and 2018 ODOT held public events across the state and hosted online open houses to gather input to shape the plan.

The new OPTP provides a statewide vision for the public transportation system as well as a policy foundation to assist state, regional, and local transportation agencies in making decisions. The OPTP is one of several mode and topic plans that refine, apply, and implement the Oregon Transportation Plan.

The new vision for public transportation in Oregon:

"In 2045, public transportation is an integral, interconnected component of Oregon’s transportation system that makes Oregon’s diverse cities, towns, and communities work. Because public transportation is convenient, affordable, and efficient, it helps further the state’s quality of life and economic vitality and contributes to the health and safety of all residents, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

For additional information please visit the Oregon Public Transportation Plan web page.



September 25, 2018

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Federal Transit Administration, or FTA, will award $366.2 million in grants to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. A total of 107 projects in 50 states and territories will receive funding from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. A link to the list of the selected projects is available online here. Five Oregon projects were awarded, totaling $1.7M for the 2019-21 Biennium.

The funding supports projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, and construct bus-related facilities. You can find a link to the announcement here, and more about the Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program here.



September 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new staff positions, effective September 17, 2018, implementing the new Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or STIF, program:

Lynda Viray has joined us as STIF Program Coordinator. Lynda will develop and manage the 90% Formula and 5% Discretionary components of the new STIF including developing program guidance documentation; grant solicitation processes and application materials; and provider training on new programs. Lynda comes to us from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and previously worked for the State of Hawaii, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters and New York City Transit. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Economics from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Patrick DePriest has accepted the position of Intercommunity Program Coordinator. Patrick will implement the integrated Intercommunity and Transportation Network Programs. His focus will be on improving the usefulness and efficiency of the statewide transit network and intermodal connections between communities. Patrick is a legal and environmental professional with a strong background in environmental law and social justice policy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Mel Hanna has taken on a new role at the Rail and Public Transit Division as Technical Resource Center Coordinator. Mel will provide tools for planning, technical assistance and technology for our transit community and develop and manage training and technology resources. Mel’s educational background, her knowledge of transit and her experience on the OreGo project provide valuable skills that will help our rural transit providers with this new era of funding and opportunity.

Please join us in welcoming this team to their new positions. All three will be located at 555 13th Street NE in Salem, Oregon.



August 3, 2018

ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division’s grant management system, OPTIS, has been upgraded to allow for the entry of all assets used in the provision of transit service, no matter how they are funded. ODOT TAM, or Transit Asset Management, Plan participants must enter locally-funded assets into OPTIS and then report on them there. This reporting allows ODOT to collect data required to comply with the Federal Transit Administration’s TAM Rule. We have created guidance documents to help you enter your assets including, OPTIS entry of locally funded asset instructions and a sample vehicle spreadsheet. For more information, visit our TAM webpage.

Please contact Christine West at Christine.A.West@odot.state.or.us / 503-986-3410 or Maile.Boals@odot.state.or.us / 503-986-3372 for more information.



May 5, 2018

Rogue Valley Transportation District Launches Go Vets Program

This week, Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) launched the Go Vets Program in partnership with other veterans’ organizations to help vets connect to employment, medical and educational opportunities. The initial roll out of the program involves education and outreach to the local community and providing travel materials and training for veterans.

Veterans in the Rogue Valley area can participate in this program by ordering free kits with resources, information, bus passes, service provider maps and carpool opportunities. More information can be found on RVTD's website: https://www.rvtd.org/Page.asp?NavID=104.

This program was made possible by a recent Special Transportation Fund discretionary award through the Oregon Department of Transportation.



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