ORS 184.758¹
Distribution of moneys from Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund
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(1) The Oregon Transportation Commission shall distribute the moneys in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund established under ORS 184.751 (Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund) as follows:

(a) Conditioned upon the commission’s approval of a public transportation improvement plan, 90 percent to qualified entities;

(b) Five percent to public transportation service providers based on a competitive grant program adopted by the commission by rule;

(c) Four percent to public transportation service providers to provide funding assistance to cover the costs of improving public transportation services between two or more communities; and

(d) One percent to the Department of Transportation to pay the department’s administrative costs and expenses associated with carrying out the provisions of ORS 184.752 (Definitions) to 184.766 (Qualified entities) and to establish a statewide public transportation technical resource center, the purpose of which is to assist public transportation service providers in rural areas with technical assistance, training, transportation planning and information technology.

(2) For purposes of the percentage distributions under subsection (1)(a) of this section:

(a) Each distribution must be in such shares that the amount of tax paid, as required under ORS 320.550 (Tax on wages), in the area of each qualified entity bears to the total amount of the tax paid statewide, provided that each qualified entity receives an annual amount of at least $100,000.

(b) If more than one mass transit district or transportation district is located within a single county, the commission shall distribute the moneys to the larger district.

(3) The commission shall adopt by rule:

(a) A competitive grant program, by which a public transportation service provider may apply for a percentage distribution under subsection (1)(b) of this section, and the terms and conditions of grants.

(b) A competitive grant program, by which a public transportation service provider may apply for a percentage distribution under subsection (1)(c) of this section, and the terms and conditions of grants.

(c) A process to review and approve a public transportation improvement plan submitted under subsection (4) of this section.

(d) Procedures for appealing a rejection of a public transportation improvement plan submitted under subsection (4) of this section.

(e) Any other provisions or procedures that are necessary for the commission to carry out the provisions of ORS 184.758 (Distribution of moneys from Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund) to 184.766 (Qualified entities).

(4) To be eligible to receive a percentage distribution under subsection (1)(a) of this section, a qualified entity shall prepare and submit a public transportation improvement plan to the commission. The commission must approve the plan submitted by the qualified entity before the commission may make a percentage distribution to the qualified entity.

(5) At a minimum, a public transportation improvement plan submitted under this section must include:

(a) For each proposed project, the amount of moneys from the percentage distribution that would be allocated to the project to fund the following:

(A) Increased frequency of bus service schedules in communities with a high percentage of low-income households;

(B) Procurement of buses that are powered by natural gas or electricity for use in areas with a population of 200,000 or more;

(C) Implementation of programs to reduce fares for public transportation in communities with a high percentage of low-income households;

(D) Expansion of bus routes and bus services to reach communities with a high percentage of low-income households;

(E) Improvement in the frequency and reliability of service connections between communities inside and outside of the qualified entity’s service area;

(F) Coordination between public transportation service providers to reduce fragmentation in the provision of transportation services; and

(G) Implementation of programs to provide student transit services for students in grades 9 through 12;

(b) For the current fiscal year, a summary of any plans and project proposals approved by an advisory committee under ORS 184.761 (Review process); and

(c) If a qualified entity was a recipient of a percentage distribution in the preceding fiscal year, the amount of moneys received from the distribution that were allocated to a project for the purposes described under paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(6) If practicable, as determined by the commission by rule each qualified entity shall spend at least one percent of the amount received each year under subsection (1)(a) of this section to implement programs to provide student transit services for students in grades 9 through 12.

(7) After the commission makes a distribution under subsection (1) of this section, qualified entities may enter into intergovernmental agreements under ORS chapter 190 to combine the moneys received for public transportation improvements.

(8) If the commission rejects a public transportation improvement plan or a grant application submitted under this section, the commission shall notify the entity or provider in writing and state the reasons for the rejection.

(9) The Department of Transportation shall make all grant applications submitted under this section available to the public. [2017 c.750 §122n; 2018 c.93 §34]

See annota­tions under ORS chapter 409.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 184—Administrative Services and Transportation Departments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors184.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 184, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano184.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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