ORS 391.550¹
Powers of Mass Transportation Financing Authority

The Oregon Mass Transportation Financing Authority shall have the following powers together with all powers incidental thereto or necessary for the performance thereof:

(1) To have perpetual succession as a public instrumentality of the State of Oregon;

(2) To sue and be sued and to prosecute and defend, at law or in equity, in any court having jurisdiction of the subject matter and of the parties;

(3) To have and to use a corporate seal and to alter the same at pleasure;

(4) To maintain an office at such place or places as it may designate;

(5) To acquire, own, finance, lease and dispose of any mass transit facility and to enter into contracts for any and all of such purposes; provided, that title to or in any mass transit facility so financed may in the discretion of the authority remain in a district and provided, further, that the district shall not itself operate any mass transit facility, except as lessor;

(6) To lease or sell to a district any or all of the mass transit facilities upon such terms and conditions as the board shall deem proper, and to charge and collect rent or other payments therefor and to terminate any such lease or sales agreement upon the failure of the district to comply with any of the obligations thereof; and to include in any such lease, if desired, provisions that the district shall have options to renew the term of the lease for such period or periods and at such rent as shall be determined by the board or to purchase any or all of the mass transit facilities for a nominal amount or otherwise or that at or prior to the payment of all of the indebtedness incurred by the authority for the financing of such mass transit facilities the authority may convey any or all of the mass transit facilities to the district with or without consideration;

(7) By resolution of a majority of the members of the authority, to issue bonds in the aggregate principal sum of not to exceed $250 million par value for any of its corporate purposes and to refund the same, subject to the provisions of ORS 267.227 (Relationship with Oregon Mass Transportation Financing Authority) and 391.500 (Declaration of policy) to 391.660 (Short title);

(8) To employ or to contract with other state or municipal agencies for such employees and agents as may be necessary in its judgment;

(9) To receive and accept from any public agency loans or grants for aid in the acquisition of any mass transit facility and any portion thereof, and to receive and accept grants, gifts or other contributions from any source;

(10) To refund outstanding obligations incurred by any district including obligations incurred, undertaken or completed prior to or after October 4, 1977;

(11) To receive and to pledge as security for the payment of any bonds issued under ORS 267.227 (Relationship with Oregon Mass Transportation Financing Authority) and 391.500 (Declaration of policy) to 391.660 (Short title), any lease, purchase agreement, note, bond or other obligation by or on behalf of any district;

(12) To make loans to any district for the purpose of providing financial assistance to such district in accordance with an agreement between the authority and such district; and

(13) To do all things necessary and convenient to carry out the purpose of ORS 267.227 (Relationship with Oregon Mass Transportation Financing Authority) and 391.500 (Declaration of policy) to 391.660 (Short title). [1977 c.662 §7; 1983 c.306 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Supreme Court lacked jurisdic­tion to determine constitu­tionality of Oregon Mass Transporta­tion Financing Act where peti­tion, which alleged that Mass Transporta­tion Financing Authority was unable or unwilling to proceed with statutory program in absence of clear declara­tion that Act was constitu­tional, disclosed no constitu­tional controversy invoking either judicial authority of court under Const. Art. VII § 1 or original jurisdic­tion under this Act. In re Oregon Mass Transp. Fin. Auth., 284 Or 241, 586 P2d 784 (1978)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 391—Mass Transportation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors391.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 391, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­391ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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