In 2019, the Oregon State Legislature directed the transfer of $10.1 million from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) to the Special Transportation Fund (STF) on July 1, 2019. The transfer is designed to distribute funds to transit entities to support public transportation services benefiting seniors and persons with disabilities.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) 2019-2021 Legislatively Adopted Budget (House Bill 5039) directed ODOT to merge STF and STIF into one public transit program moving forward. This consolidation is intended to increase efficiency and funding reliability for public transportation providers. To guide a smooth transition, ODOT is launching a Consolidation Advisory Committee (CAC) to consider and recommend changes needed to consolidate the two programs.
The purpose of merging STF and STIF into one public transportation program is to increase efficiency and funding reliability for public transportation providers throughout Oregon. During the 2019-2021 biennium, ODOT plans to:
- Continue operating both programs as directed by existing statutes for the duration of the 2019-2021 biennium
- Transfer $10.1 million from STIF to STF to keep STF agencies whole at approximately $28 million for the 2019-2021 biennium (Note: Already completed July 2019)
- Create an advisory committee to evaluate methods of program consolidation and recommend changes required to merge the programs and ensure a smooth transition to one state funded public transportation program moving forward
The Consolidation Advisory Committee (CAC) shall advise ODOT on key elements or concepts that would guide statutory changes needed to consolidate the two programs. Following legislative action on consolidation, the CAC may be reconvened to advise ODOT and/or the Oregon Transportation Commission on administrative rules.
The CAC is composed of 17 voting members appointed by the ODOT Director. The CAC represents diverse interests from the following categories:
- Public transportation service providers: large urban, small urban, rural areas, tribes, counties, cities, and non-government agencies
- Advocates for seniors
- Advocates for people with disabilities
- Equity and environmental justice advocates
- Social and human service agencies
Learn more about the CAC members by viewing the CAC Roster.
CAC Meeting Schedule
From September through October 2019, The CAC will hold a minimum of five meetings to advise ODOT on the consolidation of STF/STIF. All meetings are open to the public with opportunity for public comments, time allowing. Learn more about the schedule by viewing the CAC Workplan and Schedule.