Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) public meeting will be held in Salem on 3/13 from 2 to 5 pm. Click here for details.

Dear Colleagues,

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. 

As a Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC), the RAC has recommended a set of draft General and Formula Fund rules to the Oregon Transportation Commission. The OTC will receive a briefing on this draft at their March 15 meeting.

The RAC will be meeting on March 13 at ODOT Region 2 Campus 885 Airport Rd SE, Building X from 2-5 pm. The main item on our agenda will be to consider and possibly recommend a set of Intercommunity and Discretionary fund rules to ODOT and the Oregon Transportation Commission.

ODOT will continue to work with transit providers throughout this process to ensure they have the information needed to be successful and provide enhanced services to Oregonians. We recently updated the FAQ and Fact Sheet and developed an initial Formula Fund schedule to reflect new information as the rule making process continues.

A summary of the key elements of the draft rules follows. The full packet for the March 13 RAC meeting is available [here]. 

Rule Organization – The rules for the two discretionary funds have been condensed into a single division because the rules for the Discretionary and the Intercommunity Discretionary funds are substantially the same. The main differences relate to fund purposes and project eligibility.

Match – A tiered approach to project match has been introduced and the definition of match is broadly defined to include certain federal, state, local and private funds. The tiered approach and definition of match are intended to address concerns with making discretionary funds accessible to rural providers while also encouraging fund leveraging and provider and local community commitment to the proposed project.

Project Eligibility – Added language that clarifies that Intercommunity funding should not be relied on for ongoing operations. Operations projects are still eligible for Intercommunity funding with a new requirement that applications for pilot and ongoing operations projects include a sustainable funding plan in order to be considered for funding.

Project Selection – Public Transportation Service Providers would submit applications to ODOT and to Qualified Entities. Qualified Entities would make project applications available to STIF Advisory Committees.   Advisory Committees would review the applications and recommend whether to award funding. Advisory Committees may choose to prioritize projects for funding within their Qualified Entity’s area of responsibility. ODOT will make applications available to Area Commissions on Transportation. ACTs would have an opportunity to comment on the applications. Using input from PTAC, ODOT would prepare a funding award recommendation to the Commission. The Commission would decide whether to accept PTAC’s recommendation and award funds.

Thank you!”