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Grants to Oregon Public Transit Providers to Improve Public Transportation Services

Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) Discretionary and Statewide Transit Network (STN) Program

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) - Public Transportation Division (PTD)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #192291

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon entities that provide public transportation services, such as municipalities, tribes, and political subdivisions, for transit service improvements. Funding is intended to improve public transit across the state through research and planning activities, the purchase and implementation of new technology and equipment, and improvements to transit connections between communities.

The Discretionary Fund is intended to provide a flexible funding source to improve public transportation in Oregon. 

The Intercommunity Discretionary Fund is for improving connections between communities and between communities and other key destinations important for a connected Statewide Transit Network. As a competitive funding source, ongoing operations Projects are subject to risk of not receiving continuous funding.

Projects eligible to receive grants under the Discretionary and Intercommunity Discretionary Funds include, but are not limited to: capital projects such as vehicles, facilities, equipment, and technology, as well as mobility management, planning, and research. Pilot operations projects may be considered for funding if the application includes a feasible financial plan for ongoing operations beyond the initial pilot period.

Eligible STIF Projects: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/RPTD%20Committee%20Meeting%20Documents/2023-25-STIF-Discretionary-and-Statewide-Transit-Network-Program-Application-Instructions.pdf#page=7

Eligible STN Projects: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/RPTD%20Committee%20Meeting%20Documents/2023-25-STIF-Discretionary-and-Statewide-Transit-Network-Program-Application-Instructions.pdf#page=9

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to these fund programs must be Public Transportation Service Providers, as defined by OAR 732-040-0005(24) or, as relevant to FTA 5311(f) funding, entities eligible to receive FTA Section 5311(f) funding. Eligible STIF Discretionary Fund applicants may contract with a non-profit or for-profit public transportation provider following procurement requirements applicable to the source(s) of project funding.

STIF funding is not available for light rail capital expenses.

The Discretionary Fund is not a source of ongoing operations funding.

For additional STIF eligibility details, see https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/RPTD%20Committee%20Meeting%20Documents/2023-25-STIF-Discretionary-and-Statewide-Transit-Network-Program-Application-Instructions.pdf#page=5

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due to ODOT no later than November 30, 2022.

The match requirements for projects awarded through this solicitation will vary based on the project type and program funds used to fund the project. STIF Discretionary and Statewide Transportation Network-STIF Intercommunity Fund applicants must demonstrate their ability to provide at least 20 percent of the Project’s total costs. Projects that meet certain characteristics may be eligible for a 10 percent match rate.

For projects receiving Section 5311(f) funds, applicants must demonstrate their ability to provide a 50 percent match of the net cost for operations projects and a 20 percent match of the net cost for capital projects and project administration.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.cognitoforms.com/ODOT2/STIFDiscretionaryAndStatewideTransitNetworkApplicationFY202325

Email Patrick DePriest​, STIF Intercommunity Coordinator, at Patrick.DEPRIEST@odot.state.or.us or call 971-301-0690.

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