Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF)

for Union County

Background on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund

Section 122 of Keep Oregon Moving (Oregon House Bill 2017) established a new dedicated source of funding for expanding public transportation service in Oregon. This new funding source is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or STIF.  The Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the Oregon Administrative Rules to implement the STIF on June 22 and the rules became effective on July 1, 2018.

Purpose of HB2017 Transit Funding

• Intended to expand public transportation services in Oregon, not to backfill existing fund.
• Flexible statewide funds intended for all forms of transit, with emphasis on general public transit.
• Goals of HB 2017: expand access to jobs, improve mobility, relieve congestion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Special focus on low-income populations.

Definitions:

“STIF” – Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund – statewide fund established by HB2017 to receive and distribute the new public transit employee tax revenues, and may also receive other funds from the Legislature in the future.
Qualified Entity” – Mass Transit District, Transportation District, County Government, or Federally-recognized Indian Tribe which will receive funds from the STIF.
“Public Transportation Provider” – a Qualified Entity, city, county, special district, intergovernmental entity or other public entity that provides public transportation services (not a non-profit)
“Advisory Committee” – committee appointed by the Qualified Entity governing body (BOC) to advise and assist them in reviewing the STIF Plan, prioritizing projects, and recommending funding.
“STIF Plan” – means the local plan required by HB2017 which has been reviewed by an Advisory Committee and adopted by the local governing body.

Establishes Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) to fund:

• Formula Program 90% – allocated to Qualified Entities based on distribution of employee tax where employees work. Planning, administration, transit operations, facilities, capital vehicles, equipment, and technology are eligible for funding.
• Discretionary Program 5% – Statewide competitive grant program for capital vehicles, facilities, equipment, technology, planning, and research. Ongoing operations are not eligible. Will require a 10% local match.
• Inter-Community Grant Program 4% – Statewide competitive grant for transit service connecting communities. Ongoing operations will be eligible for funding along with all other activities. The OTC will set priorities for this program.
• ODOT Technical Resource Center 1% – to administer the statewide programs and provide assistance to local agencies with planning and data gathering.

Union County STIF Advisory Committee Members:

  • Nora Croucher – Person with Disabilities
  • Brenda Fiscus – Low Income Household
  • Kane Lester – Public Transportation Service Provider Representative
  • Brian Blais – Union County Veterans Service Officer
  • Mike Boquist – City of La Grande Planner
  • Cheryl Jarvis-Smith – At-Large

STIF IDENTIFIED PROJECTS FOR CONTINUED FUNDING / NEW PROJECTS 2021-2023

Project: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. – Fare-Free for All Passengers – Blue Line
Funding 2022 – $16,644 Funding 2023 – $18,308
Description: This project is a continuation of a 2019-21 STIF Formula Funding project. STIF will continue subsidizing the fare cost for the Blue Line of the Fixed Route as well as Paratransit and Demand Response modes of transportation. This includes Fare-Free for students.

Project: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. – Fare-Free for All Passengers – Yellow Line
Funding 2022 – $131,789 Funding 2023 – $144,968
Description: This project is a continuation of a 2019-21 STIF Formula Funding project. The project will continue to provide free transportation to 1/8 of the La Grande population. The route services the high school, college and hospital. The continual upkeep of this route will also allow its sister route (blue) to expand reaching more of the population without increasing ride time. The funding involved will keep the yellow route in operation and serving the population including students, low income housing, and medical needs.

Project: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. – County-wide Demand Response (CatLink)
Funding 2022- $129,832 Funding 2023 – 142,815
Description: This project is a continuation of a 2019-21 STIF Formula Funding project providing Demand Response service to communities not currently served by Fixed Route and Paratransit. Union County has many outlying, small towns that previously did not have access to larger town amenities, medical, shopping, etc. This “ride on demand” service makes public transit services available to all Union County residents.

Project: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. – Greyhound Connection
Funding 2022 – $8,175 2023 – $8,400
Description: This project is a continuation of a 2019-21 STIF Formula Funding project. The project is to maintain and expand Greyhound ticket sales office hours in order to keep this service actively stopping in Union County now and in the future.

Project: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. – Vehicle Rehab
Funding 2022 – $106,784
Description: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. needs to rehab and/or repair nine existing vehicles to meet client needs and the demand for services throughout Union County. Items will include new ramps and/or wheelchair lifts, paint and body work, new seats new signs, and other miscellaneous repairs such as heaters, mirrors, etc. Also, each vehicle will be equipped with emergency overnight provisions. For example, a current wheelchair lift orramp with a 500-pound capacity will be replaced with hardware with 800-pound capacity.

Project: Union County – Administrative Support
Funding 2022 – $10,000 Funding 2023 – $10,000
Description: Funds retained by Union County to cover the cost of staff record keeping, grant management, and reporting on all STIF projects.

Project: Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. – Bus Shelter Installation & Signage
Funding from FY 2019-21 STIF Carryover – $54,300
Description: This project was initiated through the 2019-21 STIF Formula Fund. Four of the bus shelters were purchased however installation and purchasing of signage was postponed due to management turnover. Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. will continue these projects into the 2021-23 biennium.

STIF TOTALS
FY 2022 – $403,224 FY 2023 – $324,491 Carryover – $54,300 TOTAL – $782,015