Formula Fund STIF Plan Review Process
Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) approval of a STIF Plan is required in order to receive STIF Formula funding. Under the Formula Fund program, STIF Plans may be submitted only with the approval of the Qualified Entity's (QE) Governing Body. STIF Plans must be signed by a person with the authority to enter into legally binding agreements on behalf of the QE. A charter or resolution typically specifies who has authority to enter into legally binding agreements. Once STIF Plans are submitted to ODOT by the Governing Bodies of the QEs, ODOT reviews the plans for completeness and provides them to the PTAC. The PTAC then reviews and makes a recommendation to the OTC on whether to approve the plans. Once the OTC has reviewed and decided whether to approve or reject the proposed STIF Plans, ODOT notifies the QEs of the OTC Plan decisions.
- STIF Plan Review and Report
This report is submitted to PTAC, in accordance with OAR 732-042-0025, in order to inform its recommendation to the OTC about whether to approve or reject all or a portion of a QE submitted STIF Plan for Formula funding.
Discretionary and Statewide Transit Network Grant Award Process
ODOT will administer grant awards through deliverables-based grant agreements. Funds are disbursed on a quarterly basis upon submittal of satisfactory progress reports and expenditure documentation. Oregon Statewide Transit Network and STIF Discretionary investment priorities are guided by:
- Oregon Public Transportation Plan
- Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) Chapter 732, Divisions 40 and 44
- FTA Circular 9040.1G (for Section 5311(f) funds)
The major steps in the project selection process are depicted in the STIF Discretionary Fund and Statewide Transit Network Program Solicitation Schedule. After PTSPs submit grant applications to ODOT, they are reviewed for completeness, applicant eligibility and project eligibility consistent with OARs 732-044-0005, 732-044-0015, and 732-044-0020 and with federal requirements, where relevant. ODOT then forwards eligible applications to relevant Area Commissions on Transportation (ACTs) for review and comment and to Qualified Entities for review, recommendation, and, potentially, project prioritization following consultation with STIF Advisory Committees. The ODOT Project Selection Committee will then review the applications, QE recommendations, and ACT comments and provide a ranked list of project applications recommended for funding to PTAC. PTAC will consider the Selection Committee's ranked list, QE recommendations, and ACT comments and will make a funding recommendation to the OTC. The OTC will review and make a final funding determination.
Additional resources, including the program evaluation criteria can be found in the STIF Discretionary and Statewide Transit Network Program Guidance.