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As of 3/16/2020 all coronavirus updates and information will be shared on the COVID-19 page.


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July 31, 2020

New Regional Transit Coordinator Assignments in Region 2

Effective July 15, 2020, the ODOT Public Transportation Division (PTD) is changing several areas of regional transit coordinator (RTC) responsibility. The change involves moving Lincoln County Transportation District and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians to Arla Miller's area of responsibility (Region 2A) and moving Salem Area Mass Transit District, the City of Silverton and the City of Woodburn to Mark Bernard's area of responsibility (Region 2B).

This change will align the working relationships Arla and Mark have with Tribal governments, MPO areas and other transit providers in Region 2, and will provide local support with more efficiency. The realignment leverages RTC expertise and geographic location and will enhance PTD's collaboration and coordination with transit stakeholders.

Arla is located in Astoria and can be reached on 503-949-5415, Arla.miller@odot.state.or.us.

Mark is located in Salem and can be reached at 503-986-2836, Mark.Bernard@odot.state.or.us.



June 10, 2020

Public Transportation Division Reorganization Announcement

From Karyn Criswell, PTD Administrator

I'm pleased to share the new structural organization of the Oregon Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division (PTD) (formerly the Rail and Public Transit Division). This is part of ODOT's overall shift to organized staff by shared functions, rather than by mode or user group, to improve our internal knowledge transfer, strategically align our priorities, and increase efficiency. Read more at this link:  Shared Functions.

PTD's new organization helps us more fully integrate public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle travel, and passenger rail into the division and the department's work to address our climate goals, infuse equity principles and equitable access to transportation throughout our work, and support congestion relief strategies that include multimodal transportation options.

PTD falls within ODOT's Operations functional group, led by ODOT's Assistant Director for Operations, one of four new assistant directors who oversee the entirety of the department with the intent of improving multimodal and cross-divisional integration.

Our Division's Mission

PTD exercises statewide leadership and vision for public transportation, walking and biking, and passenger rail by promoting, developing, funding and managing multimodal statewide networks of transportation systems and facilities. These systems and facilities provide access to Oregon's residents and visitors, provide efficient movement of commerce, support healthy sustainable travel choices, improve safety, and promote Oregon's economy.

The New Structure

The new structure integrates our functions into four units. Read the more detailed organization chart at this link: PTD Organization Chart.

Public Transportation Division Simplified Organizational Chart

Policy and Strategic Investment Unit

  • Develops strategies, prioritizes investments, and advances work efforts to create a more modern and integrated statewide multimodal system which includes pedestrian and bike facilities, freight rail operations, and public transportation, including passenger rail.
  • Manages and develops program guidance and project selection criteria and maximizes the value of transportation investments locally, regionally, and statewide.
  • Encourages consideration  of multimodal options to meet our climate, equity, and congestion relief goals


Program Implementation Unit

  • Implements PTD policies, goals, strategies, and programs.
  • Implements investment strategies through regional transit coordinators, regional staff, and local agency partners.
  • Manages delivery of internal and external stakeholder technical assistance and trainings.

Rail Operations and Statewide Multimodal Network Unit

  • Manages contracted delivery of public transportation services, including passenger rail.
  • Facilitates local partnerships to fill gaps in the statewide public transportation network.
  • Coordinates with public transportation providers and local governments to better integrate all modes and communicate transportation options.
  • Manages data and related systems to improve understanding of the multimodal transportation network and connections across modes for the traveling public and system managers.

Program Services Unit

  • Manages federal, state, and grant recipient compliance, including reporting in the Oregon Public Transit Information System, the National Transit Database, and FTA TrAMS.
  • Develops and oversees compliance review program in coordination with site review contractors.
  • Creates guidance in collaboration with other PTD units to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Calculates formula program allocations; determines and administers distributions to partner agencies.

The Leadership Team and Modal Points of Contact
Division leadership includes staff members that represent multimodal perspectives.

  • Karyn Criswell, Public Transportation Division Administrator
  • Marsha Hoskins, Policy and Implementation Manager (Public Transportation)
  • Susan Peithman, Policy and Strategic Investment Unit Lead (Pedestrian and Bicycle)
  • Jennifer Sellers, Interim Rail Operations and Statewide Multimodal Network Manager (Rail Operations and Freight Rail)
  • Rick Shankle, Program Services Manager
  • Maile Boals, Grant Services Manager Lead

Next Steps

As we work towards full implementation we will keep you updated, with a commitment to continue providing excellent service. During the transition, please continue to reach out to your regular contacts and let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for working with us to make Oregon a better place for all.



June 5, 2020

FTA today announced $3.5 million in grants for 17 projects in 16 states to improve mobility and access to public transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and individuals of low income. ODOT Public Transportation Division will receive $40,000 to expand its transit data system to an open source format, providing standardized discovery and analysis for use throughout Oregon. Lane Transit District will receive $76,000 in funding directly, to acquire technology to develop a customer portal that provides online booking and cancellation. Funding is provided through FTA's Mobility for All Pilot Program.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced this funding opportunity as part of an Access and Mobility for All Summit held in October 2019 at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she announced a number of new initiatives to improve access to transportation.

FTA's Mobility for All Pilot Program seeks to improve mobility options through employing innovative coordination of transportation strategies and building partnerships to enhance mobility and access to vital community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people of low income.   


April 16, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $42.7 million grant award to the Oregon Department of Transportation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020. The grant will provide funding for rural transit operations throughout the state, including preventive maintenance, project administration, intercity bus operations, and direct and indirect state administration costs related to the response to the Coronavirus public health emergency. See FTA's apportionment tables for the totals apportioned to each area. (This funding is based on the agency's current request and may not represent the full amount the agency will receive.)

“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation's public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who continue to depend on them," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

“We know that many of our nation's public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency."

To learn more about how ODOT plans to disburse these funds, please read the communication sent on April 9th, CARES Act Funds Disbursement.


April 2, 2020

This morning the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released apportionment tables for the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or “CARES Act." This legislation includes provisions for new transit funding to assist providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding package is the largest transit appropriation in history and will benefit recipients of Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grants and Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas.

Details on apportionments to Oregon are listed below. Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas funds will be distributed by the Oregon Department of Transportation to subrecipients of the 5311 program. More details about this distribution will be forthcoming in a separate communication early next week that will include the application process and schedule. Although the timing of funding availability is contingent on grant review and approvals by FTA, ODOT hopes to make funds available to our Section 5311 sub-recipients by late May.  

Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grants and Section 5311(c) Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Formula Grants will both be administered directly between the FTA and direct recipients. We encourage direct recipients to work with their FTA contacts for details on the obligation and timing of disbursement of these funds.

Administered by ODOT:

Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas: $42,686,023

Directly Administered between FTA and Recipients:

Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grants:

  • Large Urban:
    • Portland: $176,302,899[i]
    • Eugene: $25,533,427
    • Salem: $15,668,434
  • Small Urban:
    • Albany: $2,815,285
    • Bend: $3,871,978
    • Corvallis: $7,354,971
    • Grants Pass: $2,300,237
    • Longview, WA-OR: $136,724[ii]
    • Medford: $7,711,666
    • Walla-Walla, WA-OR: $647,389[iii]

5311(c) Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Formula Grants:

  • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians: $65,472
  • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon: $103,788
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: $469,532
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs: $69,237
  • Klamath Tribes: $99,520

Additionally, the FTA released an updated FAQ about CARES Act funding, that is available at: https://www.transit.dot.gov/frequently-asked-questions-fta-grantees-regarding-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19#CARES

Resources

American Public Transportation Association:  https://www.apta.com/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

FTA:  https://www.transit.dot.gov/coronavirus

National RTAP:  http://nationalrtap.org/Resource-Center/Advanced-Search/fid/1082

ODOT COVID-19 Page:  https://www.oregon.gov/odot/pages/incident.aspx

ODOT PTD COVID-19 Page:  https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Tax Foundation: https://files.taxfoundation.org/20200325223111/FINAL-FINAL-CARES-ACT.pdf


[i] This is the Oregon portion of the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan Area allocation.

[ii] This is the Oregon portion of the bi-state urbanized area allocation.

[iii] This is the Oregon portion of the bi-state urbanized area allocation.



March 13, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions from FTA Grantees Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

These FAQs provide clarity regarding how COVID-19 preparations impact certain FTA requirements. They also contain recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help grantees and subgrantees prepare for COVID-19.

As part of our effort to support a coordinated DOT approach to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), FTA has created a FTAresponse@dot.gov email account to receive all stakeholder questions on the topic.



March 12, 2020

State of Oregon - Updated Mitigation Measures on Coronavirus Response

Pursuant to directives from Governor Brown, the State of Oregon is issuing the following guidance, with the primary goal of slowing transmission of the coronavirus in Oregon in order to protect the most vulnerable Oregonians, and to protect our state’s health care system capacity. This guidance follows updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released March 10, 2020, and the World Health Organization’s designation of COVID-19 as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Transit-related Recommendations

Individuals and entities providing transit services are recommended to:

  • Post or play reminders to stay home when sick;
  • Encourage individual to travel only when essential;
  • Avoid crowding, and encourage social distancing;
  • Increase cleaning.
Ride shares are encouraged to clean regularly and have windows down, when
possible.

Here is the full updated mitigation measures on Coronavirus response.


March 4, 2020

Across North America, public transportation agencies continue to assess their response plans for a possible COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

APTA supports the transit industry as you continue your mission to move the public, support your local communities, and prepare your workforce.

To assist in your efforts to plan for COVID-19, APTA is making the following resources available:

APTA will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and post updates to our COVID-19 webpage. Thank you for your diligence and careful planning to keep riders and employees safe and on the move.

Additional Resources

March 2, 2020

Update on Fiscal Year 2019 Grants for Section 5339(b) Bus and Bus Facilities

FTA announced on November 25, 2019 that $423 million in grants are being awarded nationwide to revitalize America's bus infrastructure. ODOT Public Transportation Division will receive approximately $1.6 million of those competitively awarded funds on behalf of four agencies. Salem Area Mass Transit District will receive a $1.05 million award as a direct recipient.

  • Yamhill County Transit will receive $999,968 for a bus replacement and expansion project.
  • The City of Woodburn will receive $300,000 to replace the oldest bus in their fleet with a new heavy-duty transit bus.
  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District will receive $150,126 to replace 2 LINK buses.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians will receive $110,500 to purchase a bus for a new rural public transportation bus route between the communities of Eugene and Florence, Oregon.
  • Salem Area Mass Transit District will receive $1,054,240 to implement intelligent transportation system improvements including transit signal priority technology and real time passenger information systems.

Fiscal Year 2019 Bus and Bus Facilities Projects Awarded



February 28, 2020

APTA to Host Webinar on Public Transit Response to Coronavirus

Across the country, public transportation agencies continue to assess their response plans for a possible COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. To assist its members in this effort, APTA will host a webinar, "Transit's Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)," March 5 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. PST.

Transit agency CEOs, federal officials and infectious-disease specialists will discuss best practices and how to prepare an agency for a potential spread of the virus. They will draw on strategies agencies have used to approach SARS and other infectious diseases.

In addition, APTA will provide an overview of its standard on "Developing a Contagious Virus Response Plan" and discuss Transportation Research Board publications on disease planning and response. Register here.

Related Resources

January 29, 2020

ODOT has a new leader for the Public Transportation Division. Karyn Criswell steps into the role of division administrator February 1, 2020.

"We are excited to tap into Karyn’s experience bringing diverse interests together to forge partnerships that improve the public and active transportation system as an integral part of our state’s transportation system," said Cooper Brown, ODOT’s Assistant Director for Operations.

Criswell will oversee the passenger rail and transit programs administered by ODOT. This will also include things like bicycle and pedestrian programs and other transportation options.

“I’m excited to more fully integrate ODOT’s multimodal services within the agency so that our approach to managing the statewide transportation system includes more equitable access to public transportation, passenger rail, and bike and pedestrian options for all Oregonians,” said Criswell. “Enhancing these transportation options is key to several challenges facing our state including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing transportation options for our growing population, and managing congestion in our urban areas.”

Criswell has over 20 years of transportation experience in the private and public sector, with the last five years in various roles with the former ODOT Rail and Transit Division. She most recently led a team to develop and deliver the $200 million per biennium Oregon State Transportation Improvement Fund, a new state public transportation program created by the 2017 legislature. Prior to joining ODOT, Karyn spent 15 years in the private sector providing communications and planning consulting services on a wide range of transportation projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.



January 28, 2020

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced $5.4 million in grant selections as part of FTA's Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative at an event at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters. Twenty-four organizations across the country will each receive funding for projects to help prevent human trafficking and other crimes on public transportation. A list of the selected projects is available online.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, affecting millions of adults and children in the United States and worldwide. Traffickers move their victims on all modes of transportation, and sometimes use public transit due to its low cost, greater anonymity in buying fare cards, and less direct interaction with government or transit officials.

FTA’s Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative supports USDOT’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking initiative. The Department’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking completed a report in July 2019 that recommends actions the Department can take to help combat human trafficking and best practices for states and local transportation stakeholders.



January 23, 2020

FTA today announced a $87.4 million grant to the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) for the Division Transit Project. The project will provide faster, more reliable transit service between Downtown Portland, Southeast and East Portland, and Gresham.

The project is a new 15-mile bus rapid transit line between Portland’s Central Business District and Gresham. The total project cost is $175 million with $87.4 million in funding requested through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.

The CIG Program, which provides funding for major transit infrastructure projects nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.

Since January 20, 2017, FTA has advanced funding for 25 new CIG projects throughout the nation totaling approximately $7.5 billion in funding commitments. With today’s funding announcement, this Administration has executed 20 CIG funding agreements totaling more than $4.50 billion in CIG funding.



December 10, 2019

The new Oregon State Price Agreement (SPA) for ADA Certified Transit Vehicles is now available. There are five vendors on the new SPA, although at this time only four of the five vendors have signed agreements.

This iteration of the SPA contains complete vehicle specifications. If you have additional requirements for your vehicles, different than the SPA specifications, those should be noted in the Request for Quote.

Visit the Buy a Vehicle webpage for more information on how to buy a vehicle using the SPA. A Vehicle Purchase Checklist is also available on the Public Transportation website.

The Vendor Contact List is available on the Public Transportation website. This document includes the category of vehicles each vendor provides and their Oregon State Price Agreement number.

Additional information on the Oregon State Price Agreement for ADA Certified Transit Vehicles can be found on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN).



November 25, 2019

FTA announced today that $423 million in grants are being awarded nationwide to revitalize America's bus infrastructure. ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division will receive $1.6 million of those competitively awarded funds on behalf of four agencies.

  • Yamhill County Transit will receive $999,968 for a bus replacement and expansion project.
  • The City of Woodburn will receive $300,000 to replace the oldest bus in their fleet with a new heavy-duty transit bus.
  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District will receive $150,126 to replace 2 LINK buses.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians will receive $110,500 to purchase a bus for a new rural public transportation bus route between the communities of Eugene and Florence, Oregon.

Fiscal Year 2019 Bus and Bus Facilities Projects Awarded



August 12, 2019

Please join us for the TransportationCamp Oregon 2019 on Sunday, September 15, 2019!

TransportationCamp is an open, forward-thinking event that replaces a traditional conference format in favor of participant-driven discussions about transportation issues and innovations. This is being held in conjunction with the 4th National Rural & Tribal Technical Assistance Conference.

TransportationCamp Oregon 2019 welcomes all facets of the transportation world - planners, software developers, engineers, students, transportation professionals, community members, policy makers, and anyone passionate about transit mobility to participate in this “unconference.”

We encourage sessions on:

  • Transit data standards
    • GTFS, GTFS-flex, GTFS-ride, GTFS-realtime, etc.
  • Transit model of personal transportation (MaaS)
    • Impacts on transit providers
    • Role of system managers/roadway owners
    • Need for future data "standards" supporting management of MaaS
  • Large Scale Transit Networks (regional, statewide, multi-state)
    • Understanding
    • Managing
    • Improving
  • Rural Transit
    • Technology adoption
    • Coordination
    • Impacts of MaaS

Bring your experiences, ideas, questions and dreams to TransportationCamp and be prepared to engage, teach and learn from a community of transit thinkers.

For more information including the schedule for the day, please visit the TransportationCamp Oregon 2019 web page.

Register Here



August 5, 2019

Grant management training materials have now been posted to the Rail and Public Transit Division website. The Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or STIF, materials including slides and webinar recordings can be found on the STIF training resources page. The OPTIS slides and reference materials from the training can be found on the OPTIS page.



July 26, 2019

FTA today announced $84.9 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Thirty-eight projects in 38 states will each receive funding through the program. One Oregon project was awarded to TriMet, totaling $2,088,579. The funds will be used to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses in lieu of purchasing replacement diesel buses.

Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses powered by modern, efficient technologies. These include hydrogen fuel cells, battery electric engines, and related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.



June 14, 2019

In coordination with ODOT and Cascades East Transit (CET), the Bend MPO will be providing a training session on the Transit Boardings Estimation and Simulation Tool (TBEST) Transit Planning software developed by the Florida DOT. The Bend MPO has supported the implementation of TBEST for use in regional public transportation planning including the current CET Master Plan. TBEST supports multiple transit planning activities including Ridership Forecasting, Market Assessment, Operational Analysis, as well as Equity, Accessibility and Jurisdictional analysis and reporting.

The session will include a high-level overview of TBEST software features and applications followed by a more in-depth discussion about the model (e.g., data requirements and scenario development). The schedule is below:

Date: June 19
Location: video-conference (details to follow)
9:00 am - 10:30 am: High-level overview of TBEST software features and applications
10:30 am - 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am: Modeling discussion (data requirements, scenario development)

For those wanting more detailed hands-on learning, the training will continue the afternoon of June 19 and all-day June 20. The training will provide a more in-depth discussion of the TBEST ridership estimation model components and forecasting methodologies including model variable sensitivity, equations, validation, and file structures. It will also provide a hands-on review of model integration with the overall TBEST software analysis and reporting engines. This training must be attended in-person in Bend

June 19 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Hands-on training to provide instruction and guidance on utilizing the TBEST tool.

June 20 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Continuation of hands-on training, including scenario building.

If you’d like to participate, please email Tyler Deke.



May 30, 2019

ODOT Invests in GTFS-flex

Oregon Transit Provider,

Over the past decade, ODOT and Oregon transit providers have invested in the creation and maintenance of General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data. This investment has benefited the traveling public, transit agencies, transit planners, map makers, transportation modelers, software vendors, and ODOT. One shortcoming of GTFS is that is that it only represents fixed route transit service, so its benefits do not extend to the demand response portion of Oregon’s transit network.

GTFS-flex is an extension of GTFS that can be used to describe demand response service. ODOT has decided to begin investing in the creation and maintenance of GTFS-flex data for Oregon. ODOT contractor Trillium will begin reaching out soon to Oregon transit providers on behalf of ODOT. Trillium will first assemble available information about each agency, then schedule an interview with each agency. They will likely seek data on service areas, service hours, service capacity, rider eligibility requirements, and reservation policies. Over the longer term, ODOT hopes to have all of Oregon’s demand response services represented with up-to-date GTFS-flex data.

The development of GTFS-flex data for Oregon will be a first step toward the development of GTFS-flex-based products and software. Maps depicting demand response services will likely be the first tangible benefit of GTFS-flex data. Over time, GTFS-flex will become the foundation of an improved directory of transit providers, GTFS-flex based reporting and analysis tools, and door-to-door trip planning that includes demand response options.

H.A. (Hal) Gard
Rail and Public Transit Division Administrator



May 22, 2019

Today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care. One Oregon project was awarded to Ride Connection, Inc., totaling $96,921. The project will increase access to healthcare services by providing mobility management services focused on two hospitals and local social services, offering individual travel options, counseling and clinic support to integrate transportation referrals.

FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation and technology solutions to reach medical appointments, access healthy food and improve paratransit services. The program emphasizes better coordination between health care providers and transit agencies, as well as technology improvements such as mobility-on-demand shared transportation services and smart phone apps for booking services.

The selected projects reduce barriers to critical healthcare in rural America, increase access to substance abuse treatment in response to the opioid crisis and add new technologies to increase paratransit program efficiencies, among other solutions.



May 15, 2019

Cherriots Receives Community Partnership Award for Transit Host Program

Garten Services presented Cherriots with an award for Community Partnership at its Community Jobs Luncheon in March. The annual luncheon celebrates community businesses and organizations and the people with disabilities they employ. Cherriots was recognized for its Transit Host program.

The Transit Host program, which is grant funded, is part of the Cherriots Customer Service Department in the Communication Division. Transit hosts are stationed at the Downtown Transit Center from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Rain or shine, Transit Hosts Daniel Kiener and Rachael Beem assist riders to get to the right bays and buses. They provide schedules, give directions, and help customers with transfers and connections. We're proud of the amazing job they do welcoming new riders to Cherriots and helping them find the best way to get to where they want to go!



April 29, 2019

ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) has partnered with Full Path Transit Technology and Trillium Solutions, Inc. to implement a technology-support pilot project. Agencies around the state have expressed interest in getting better access to technology expertise to help them navigate the evolving field of transit technology. It is RPTD’s goal through this pilot to help agencies make better informed technological choices that contribute to a more coherent and useful statewide transit network.

The division expects to work with Basin Transit Service, Cascades West Council of Governments, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Coos County Area Transit District, Grant County Transportation District, Lake County, and Morrow County during the pilot project. At the end of the pilot, ODOT will decide whether or not to expand the program to support other agencies.

The consultant team will conduct organizational assessments of agencies in the pilot, identifying opportunities for streamlining agency operations and coordinating multi-agency technology efforts. The pilot includes pre-procurement education, help with developing requests for proposals, and technology project implementation.

For more information, please email Mel Hanna or call 503-986-3264.



March 19, 2019

We are pleased to announce several staffing changes in the ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division:

Effective March 25, 2019, Sarah Hackett will join ODOT Rail and Public Transit as the new Transit Network Analyst. Sarah has over ten years of experience with the State of Oregon, including time at DHS, DCBS and, most recently, as Mediation and Election Coordinator with the Employment Relations Board, as well as policy and regulatory experience at the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission and the League of Oregon Cities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Beloit College in Wisconsin, as well as Master’s degree studies in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. Sarah will be located at 555 13th Street NE in Salem, and her phone number will be 503-986-6579.

Effective March 25, 2019, Valerie Egon will join ODOT Rail and Public Transit as the Columbia Gorge Express Program Manager, replacing Jake Warr, who’s last day with Rail and Public Transit will be March 31, 2019. Valerie comes to us from the Westside Transportation Alliance in Beaverton, where she worked to educate and engage Washington County's business community and workforce on transportation options by creating, delivering, and evaluating TDM programs. Prior to that, she was the Manager of Research at World Business Chicago. Valerie holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, and a Project Management certificate from Northwestern University. Valerie will be located at 123 NW Flanders, in Portland, and can be reached at 503-731-8253.

And, effective April 1, 2019, Kathy Holmes, from the Rail Operations Unit, has accepted a position as the Transit Section’s Capital Program Coordinator. Kathy has been with the Rail Section for nearly 12 years, and has been the Passenger Rail Program Coordinator for the past seven years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University, and brings a wealth of experience in contract administration, stakeholder outreach and data and analysis skills. Kathy will still be located at 555 13th St NE, but will relocate to the Transit Section and can be reached on 503-986-3410. Kathy will replace Christine West, who accepted a rotation position, starting March 5, 2019, with ODOT Central Services. Until Kathy joins us, please continue to forward capital or special transportation inquiries to Naomi Zwerdling.

Resources

CARES Act Apportionment Information for Oregon, April 2020

Expanded Federal Assistance for Section 5311 Subrecipients Updated April 16, 2020

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