PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
Rogue Valley Transportation District
Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Advisory Committee
 
Rogue Valley Transportation District announces a meeting of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Advisory Committee to be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in the RVTD boardroom, 3200 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.  For more information call (541) 608-2429.


Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) 

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.
Keep Oregon Moving includes a new 0.1% employee payroll tax to fund public transportation. The Oregon Department of Revenue begins collecting this tax July 1, 2018 to then provide to transit agencies in late 2019.  This new funding source is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF). The Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the Oregon Administrative Rules to implement the STIF on June 22, 2018 and the rules became effective on July 1, 2018. Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) is the Qualified Entity of the funds allocated to Jackson County.
 
STIF may be used for public transportation purposes that support the operations, planning and administration of public transportation programs including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Creation of new systems and services with origins, destinations or stops in Oregon;
  • Maintenance or continuation of systems and services in certain circumstances; and
  • Planning for and development of a Local Plan or future STIF Plan to improve public transportation service.
  • Additionally, STIF funds may be used as the local match for state and federal funds which also provide Public Transportation Service.
  • Goals of HB 2017 are to expand access to jobs, improve mobility, relieve congestion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Special focus on low-income populations.
 
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) estimates that RVTD will receive $1,145,000 in STIF funds in FY 2019 to be used within the RVTD boundary and an additional $110,000 to be used within Jackson County. In FY 2020, ODOT estimates that RVTD will receive $2,599,000 to be used within the RVTD boundary and an additional $251,000 to be used within Jackson County. ODOT estimates that in FY 2021 RVTD will receive $2,939,000 to be used within the RVTD boundary and an additional $283,000 to be used within Jackson County.

Selecting STIF Projects
To be eligible to receive funds, Qualified Entities must submit a locally adopted plan listing the services, program and projects that meet the goals of the Keep Oregon Moving legislation. RVTD is currently preparing a 2040 Transit Master Plan that is scheduled to be adopted in May of 2019. The plan will be divided into a near, mid and long-term list of prioritized service enhancements with the near-term list being implemented with the STIF funds. The mid and long term list of enhancements will not have funding identified but prioritized for future expansion. Advisory committees, stakeholder outreach, organizational meetings, an online survey and virtual open house are all being conducted to gather public feedback on the entire list of transit service enhancements. The plan will be used to meet the requirements of the STIF funding as the locally adopted plan. By having a longer than necessary list of mid and long-term service projects, the plan also allows RVTD to identify the recommended ‘130% list’, or a budgeted figure that exceeds the projected amounts available by 30%.  For RVTD, 130% of projected annual STIF funds equates to $3.8 Million in FY 2021 which RVTD will base on the 2040 Transit Master Plan. The STIFAC will review the 130% list and make recommendations to the RVTD Board in spring 2019.

RVTD STIFAC
The RVTD Board of Directors appoints members to the STIF Advisory Committee (STIFAC) to review potential STIF-funded projects and the prioritized list for recommending to the RVTD Board. The Advisory Committee will meet at least two times per year.
RVTD will be overseeing and administering the STIF Advisory Committee. The bylaws were adopted in September 2018. Members were appointed and hold their first meeting on January 16th.
 
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.



Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) Programs: 
• 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.




Additional Resources:
Adopted STIFAC Bylaws
Approved STIF rules
ODOT Rail & Public Transit Division STIF website