GCTD STIF Advisory Committee Members:

Peggy Neal, DHS & Low Income

Veanne Weddle, Grant County Senior Programs, Low Income & Employers

Connie Wood, Community At-Large

Nick Green, City of John Day – Local Government

Bob Stewart, Disabled Individuals, Seniors and Veterans

Sandi Johnson, Community At-Large – outside of John Day

Deronda Lallatin, Employers, Disabled Individuals & GCTD

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.
HB 2017 Transit Program Components

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.

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:
The STIF Advisory Committee will meet on 9/13 at 11:00. Location: Bus Station located at 229 NE Dayton St, John Day. Special arrangements for accommodations or accessibility may be requested by contacting the District Manager in advance 541-575-2370.

Additional Resources:

GCTD STIF PRIORITY SURVEY

STIF PRIORITY LIST

Adopted STIF By-Laws

Approved STIF rules

ODOT Rail & Public Transit Division STIF website

GCTD Project Funding Priorities List

Grant County Coordinated Plan