Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Rules Advisory Committee public meting and open house on 1/9 in Salem. Click here for details.

STIF Rules Advisory Committee will review draft Formula program rules for distributing new transit funding. The committee will meet on January 9 from 2-5 p.m. at the ODOT Region 2 Campus, Building X. The meeting will be followed by another public listening session from 5:30 – 7 p.m. For more information: Karyn Criswell, project manager, 503-856-6172, karyn.c.criswell@odot.state.or.us

Section 122 of House Bill 2017 Keep Oregon Moving provides a new dedicated source of state funding to expand public transportation services in Oregon. Known as the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF), the legislation will fund four new programs with different eligibility requirements. The Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting a public process to develop administrative rules to guide implementation of the STIF funding programs. ODOT is accepting comments on draft rules for the Discretionary and Intercommunity Discretionary Funds. As a Rules Advisory Committee member, ToGo welcomes comments on any sections of the draft Rules.

ODOT also has a survey running from January 2 – 17 here https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4097876/STIF-Draft-Intercommunity-and-Dis.... The survey focuses on the draft rule sections for both the Discretionary and Intercommunity Discretionary Funds, a summary of which is provided below.

Discretionary and Intercommunity Discretionary Funds

Both the Discretionary and Intercommunity Discretionary Fund rules include the following:

· Public Transportation Service Providers would be eligible recipients through a statewide competitive process.

· ODOT would work with the PTAC and OTC to establish decision criteria in advance of grant solicitations.

· Award decisions would be made by the Commission with input from the Public Transportation Advisory Committee.

Discretionary Fund

· The purpose is to provide a flexible resource to improve public transportation.

· All types of projects would be eligible, except ongoing operations.

· A minimum local match of 10 percent is proposed.

· Gives the Commission the option of soliciting input from Area Commissions on Transportation as part of the project selection process.

· Gives the Commission the option of using certain decision criteria such as consistency with the Oregon Public Transportation Plan, whether the project advances Agency climate change goals, condition of the transit fleet relative to State of Good Repair goals, whether the Project improves service to low income households, whether the applicant proposes to contribute more than the 10 percent local match, and geographic equity.

Intercommunity Discretionary Fund

· The purpose is to support intercommunity connections and a coherent statewide transit system.

· Eligible activities could include: vehicles, facilities, operations, planning, research, coordination, equipment, technology, passenger Information, and project administration.

· Gives the Commission the option of using certain decision criteria such as consistency with the Oregon Public Transportation Plan, whether the project advances Agency climate change goals, whether the project reduces fragmentation of transit service and improves the statewide transit network, and geographic equity.

Thank you!

The STIF is a centerpiece of the Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017) transportation bill from the recent Oregon legislative session. The Oregon Transportation Commission will adopt administrative rules in 2018 to distribute STIF funds to qualified transportation providers.

Find out more and sign up for email updates and meeting notifications by visiting the STIF website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RPTD/Pages/STIF.aspx.