New Consolidation Advisory Committee will help guide public transit funding changes

September 3, 2019

For more information: Marsha Hoskins, Public Transportation manager, 503-986-3266 or Shelley M. Snow, Communications, 503-986-3438

SALEM – Two programs that fund public transit in Oregon are being merged: the Special Transportation Fund and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund. The consolidation will reduce redundancies and improve funding reliability for public transportation providers throughout the state; it is a requirement of House Bill 5039 (ODOT’s 2019-2021 Legislatively Adopted Budget). To guide a smooth transition, ODOT is launching a Consolidation Advisory Committee to inform changes needed to consolidate the two programs.

The STF and STIF Consolidation Advisory Committee will hold its first two meetings this month. The goal is to advise ODOT on the key elements that would guide statutory changes needed for the merger. The advisory committee will hold a minimum of five meetings in September and October.

The committee includes representatives from public transportation service providers and advocates from several groups: those representing seniors, people with disabilities, equity and environmental justice, and social and human service agencies. The full member list and charter are available online.

Meetings

  • Sept. 10, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Oregon Department of Transportation Building X, 885 Airport Rd, SE, Salem.
  • Sept. 11, 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Oregon Department of Transportation Building, Gail Achterman Room, 355 Capitol St. NE, Salem.

Committee meetings are open to the public and meeting materials will be posted before the meeting on the project website. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. Please contact Rhonda Urben at 503-856-3412 or call statewide relay at 7-1-1 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting if requesting accommodations. Accessible parking is available in front of each building.

The Special Transportation Fund (STF) was created in 1985 by the Oregon Legislature to support transportation services for people who are older and for people with disabilities of any age. The Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) is a new dedicated source of funding for improving or expanding public transportation service in Oregon.

Find out more and sign up for email updates and meeting notifications by visiting the STF/STIF Consolidation website.

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