Section 122 of Keep Oregon Moving (Oregon House Bill 2017) established a new dedicated source of funding for improving or expanding public transportation service in Oregon. This new funding source is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or STIF. The Rail and Public Transit Division, or RPTD, is developing programs, and policies to implement the STIF under the oversight of the Oregon Transportation Commission. ODOT staff developed the STIF programs with significant input from the Oregon State Public Transportation Advisory Committee, public transportation providers, and other interested stakeholders. STIF Fact Sheets in both English and Spanish are located on the right navigation bar.
The Oregon "transit tax" is a state payroll tax equal to one-tenth of 1 percent. The Transit Tax is the sole revenue source for STIF. The state will estimate the total funding amount annually. Actual revenues will vary based on transit tax collections. Revenue estimates for the current year are posted in the Formula Fund section below.
STIF revenues are allocated across four funds.
The Formula Fund receives 90 percent of STIF funds. ODOT disburses Formula funds to mass transit districts, transportation districts, or counties without either a mass transit or transportation district, and to federally-recognized tribes based on formula allocation.
Formula Fund Resources:
- Formula Fund Guidance Supplemental, Feb 28, 2019
- Formula Fund Solicitation Notice and Materials, July, 19, 2018
- STIF Plan Process Graphic, May 2018
- Formula Fund Schedule, June 2018
- OTC STIF Plan Rejection Considerations, Oct. 19, 2018
- Formula Fund Allocation
Estimates, December 2018
- STIF Carry Forward Funds Guidance Oct. 8, 2018
- Formula Fund Sub-allocation Guidance
- STIF Methods for Calculating Low-Income Households, October 2018
- Methods for Calculating Low-Income Households Training PPT, October 2018
- Map of Qualified Entities
Discretionary Fund and Intercommunity Discretionary Fund
The Discretionary Fund is 5 percent of STIF funds. ODOT awards Discretionary funds to public transportation service providers based on a competitive grant process.
The Intercommunity Discretionary Fund is 4 percent of STIF funds. ODOT awards Intercommunity funds to public transportation service providers to improve public transportation between two or more communities based on a competitive grant process.
Discretionary Fund Resources:
Technical Resource Center
ODOT uses 1 percent of STIF funds to establish a statewide public transportation technical resource center to assist public transportation providers in rural areas and also to administer STIF.
Adopted STIF Rules
The Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the Oregon Administrative Rules to implement the STIF on June 22, 2018 and the rules became effective on July 1, 2018. Potential funding applicants should review the General and relevant program rules (Formula or Discretionary) to determine funding eligibility, application processes, and other requirements.
STIF Resource Library