Special Transportation Fund (STF)

About the Special Transportation Fund (STF)

The Special Transportation Fund (STF) was created in 1985 by the Oregon Legislature. The STF was originally funded with a $.01 per pack cigarette tax. In 1989, this tax was raised to $.02. Today, the cigarette tax revenue, as well as excess revenue earned from sales of photo ID Cards and other funds from Oregon Department of Transportation. Originally, the law identified 33 transit districts or counties as eligible to receive the STF moneys; subsequently, in 2003, the nine federally recognized Indian Tribes in Oregon were added as eligible recipients. The resulting 42 designated entities are called “STF Agencies.” The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) administers the funds for the State of Oregon. The STF Program is governed by: • Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 391.800 through 391.830 and • Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 732. *See Appendix A for STF laws. The STF Program provides a flexible, coordinated, reliable and continuing source of revenue in support of transportation services for people who are senior and people with disabilities of any age. The Oregon Legislature intended that STF funds be used to provide transportation services needed to access health, education, work, and social/recreational opportunities so that seniors and people with disabilities may live as independently and productively as possible. The funds may be used for any purpose directly related to transportation services, including transit operations, capital equipment, planning, travel training and other transit-related purposes.

STF Advisory Committee

The Umatilla County Special Transportation (STF) Advisory Committee consists of at least five members appointed by the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners. The advisory committee meets at least twice per year or more to fulfill the duties of the program. The purpose of the committee is to advise and assist the Board of Commissioners on the distribution of funds, overall management and reporting of the funds, and the adopted coordinated plan for Umatilla County.

Advisory Committee Bylaws
View STF Advisory Bylaws

Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes
View meeting agenda and minutes
Advisory Committee Members:

Rod Hardwood, Chair
Heidi Zeigler, Vice Chair
Malhia Lieuallen, Secretary
Virginia Beebe
Kasi Warner

Committee Application

Local Transit Plans

Umatilla County Coordinated Human Services Plan

Adopted by Board of Commissioners October 25, 2018

Umatilla Coordinated Human Services Plan

Morrow/Umatilla County Transit Strategies Plan

Adopted by Board of Commissioners October 25, 2018

Morrow/Umatilla County Transit Strategies
Special Transportation Fund Criteria

The STF Advisory Committee created a list of criteria to assist the members with the selection and distribution of funds to providers.

Special Transportation Fund Criteria

Umatilla County STF Formula Fund Plan 2019-2021

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners adopted then STF Fund Plan for 2019-2021. The adopted plan is consistent with the recommendation of the STF Advisory Committee.

STF Formula Fund Plan

Additional STF Resources:

ODOT Special Transportation Fund Program Guidebook
ODOT STF Guidebook

Approved STF Oregon Administrative Rules
Administrative Rules

Current Projects and Awards

Umatilla County is updating the Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan.

Eastern Oregon Business Source (EOBS), a local company, is working with local stakeholders and interested residents to update and identify the needs and investment priorities for public transportation spending across Umatilla County. Projects submitted for FTA and ODOT funding must be included in the Coordinated Plan, and many other funders look positively on inclusion in this type of plan.

Through surveys, public meetings and in person interviews, EOBS consultants are trying to include as many different voices as possible in the discussion about public transportation needs in Umatilla County. If you would like to be a stakeholder and provide input on the Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan, or have questions, please contact Nick Nash, Eastern Oregon Business Source at his email address: nicknash@eobusinesssource.com.

Oregon Transportation Commission announces the approval of the Rail and Public Transit Division 2019-2021 biennium formula grant program awards for public transportation.

The approval of project awards is for FTA Section 5310, Section 5311 and state Special Transportation Funds for the 2019-2021 biennium. The Commission previously approved the formula distributions for these awards. Local agencies proposed projects for those formula allocations, and ODOT staff validated the eligibility of the proposed projects.

Please read the full article details at the following link: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RPTD/RPTD%20Committee%20Meeting%20Documents/ItemF1-OTC_2019_Public_Transit_Grant_Awards_Ltr.pdf

To view the approved list of STF Fund Plan and providers for Umatilla County, please view the link above for Umatilla County STF Formula Fund Plan 2019-2021.

For further information about the award process, please contact Staci Kunz, STIF Transit Coordinator, by telephone (541) 215-7652; or email stacikunz@eobusinesssource.com.