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.
Umatilla County STF Formula Fund Plan 2022-2023
The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners adopted then STF Fund Plan for 2022-2023. The adopted plan is consistent with the recommendation of the STF Advisory Committee.
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.
Local Transit Plans
Current Projects and Awards
Umatilla County Awards Special Transportation Fund for FY 2022-2023
Umatilla County has awarded Special Transportation Funding for the 2022-2023 biennium to begin July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023. ODOT distributes the funds via the Special Transportation Fund Formula Program (STF), every two years using a population-based formula.
Special Transportation Fund (STF) is a state fund which supports transportation services for people who are senior and people of any age with disabilities. Umatilla County works in collaboration with private and public providers for delivery of services to Seniors and People with disabilities throughout Umatilla County. The STF Mission is to: “Assist with service gaps for non-reimbursed portion of the rides for seniors and people with disabilities by using the STF funds to assist with the costs of rides”.
ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division working on consolidation of two public transit funding programs
Senate Bill 1601, which passed July 2020 First Special Session of the Oregon State Legislature directed ODOT to merge Special Transportation Fund (STF) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) into one public transit program by July 1, 2023.
Umatilla County Public Transit Coordinator
Department of Land Use Planning
216 SE 4th ST
Pendleton, OR 97801