The STF was created in 1985 by the Oregon Legislature to provide transportation services needed to access health, education, work, social, and recreational opportunities so that seniors and people with disabilities may live as independently and productively as possible. The STIF was established in Section 122 of House Bill 2017 (also known as Keep Oregon Moving) to provide a dedicated source of funding for improving, maintaining, or expanding public transportation for all users.
In 2019, ODOT launched a Consolidation Advisory Committee (CAC) to consider and recommend changes needed to consolidate the two programs. The Oregon Transportation Commission endorsed the CAC’s STF/STIF Consolidation Report and Plan
in November 2019. Senate Bill 1601 incorporated the CAC’s recommendations in the statutory language, and ODOT will convene a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to begin drafting new consolidated STIF program rules in spring 2021.
The RAC will be composed of 18 members representing large and small urban, rural, Tribal, and non-government transit providers and users; counties and cities; bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups; environmental advocacy groups; veterans advocacy groups; advocates for seniors, people with disabilities, and paratransit public transportation users; and social and human service groups. The RAC will meet six times beginning in the spring, with an OTC adoption target of December 2021.
Learn more about the RAC members by viewing the RAC Roster
The RAC will advise ODOT on revisions to Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) Chapter 732, Divisions 5, 10, 20, 40, 42, and 44. These revisions are necessary in order to implement a consolidated STIF program and ensure a smooth transition to one state-funded public transportation program moving forward.
Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of RAC members by viewing the RAC Team Charter
RAC Meeting Schedule
The RAC meetings wrapped up in October 2021, and proposed rule amendments will be sent to the OTC for approval in January 2022. A full copy of these rules (with revisions highlighted) can be found here.