STIF/STF Committee

Hood River County Transportation District Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) and Special Transportation Fund (STF) Committee

The State Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) program was passed by the Oregon legislature in 2017. The STIF funds provide a new dedicated source of funding to expand public transportation to access jobs, improve mobility, relieve congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions around Oregon. Hood River County is expected to receive over $1M dollars for transit projects between April 2019 and June 2021. Hood River County Transportation District (HRCTD or CAT) is the entity in Hood River County who has been designated by the Legislature to develop the County’s STIF plan. HRCTD must work with a committee to select the projects that will make up HRCTD’s 2019-2021 STIF Plan.

The Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee (STFAC) is appointed by the Hood River County Transportation District (HRCTD) Board of Directors to advise HRCTD by making informed recommendations about the use and grant applications of monies funded by the State of Oregon’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) and the Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities – Section 5310 in Hood River County. Hood River County has received about $67,000/year in STF formula funds and has typically received some funding each year for capital and other projects. Additionally, the committee should advise the Hood River County Transportation District on matters that pertain to the transportation needs of disabled and elderly Hood River County citizens, to encourage and promote services that meet those needs, and to advocate for a range of Hood River County transportation needs and services.is appointed by the Hood River County Transportation District (HRCTD) Board of Directors to advise HRCTD by making informed recommendations about the use and grant applications of monies funded by the State of Oregon’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) and the Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities – Section 5310 in Hood River County. Hood River County has received about $67,000/year in STF formula funds and has typically received some funding each year for capital and other projects. Additionally, the committee should advise the Hood River County Transportation District on matters that pertain to the transportation needs of disabled and elderly Hood River County citizens, to encourage and promote services that meet those needs, and to advocate for a range of Hood River County transportation needs and services.

At the September 16th HRCTD Board Meeting the Board made the decision to combine the Special Transportation Fund (STF) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) committees to create the STIF/STF Advisory Committee to align with ODOT’s 2019 action of combining the two programs.

The STIF/STF Advisory Committee is appointed by the Hood River County Transportation District (HRCTD) Board of Directors to advise HRCTD by making informed recommendations about the use and grant applications of monies funded by the State of Oregon’s Special Transportation Fund (STF), the Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities – Section 5310, and STIF Discretionary an Statewide Network Funds and Project Formula Funds in Hood River County.

The Advisory Committee has a minimum of three (3) members to a maximum of nine (9) members to represent Hood River County, ensuring that all of Hood River County is represented. Each member is appointed for a period of two (2) years. The Advisory Committee consists of; users of transportation services for elderly or disabled, providers of transportation services for elderly or disabled, elderly or disabled persons who live in Hood River County, and a representative of elderly or disabled persons. The Advisory Committee meets twice a year.

Only projects that have been identified and included in an adopted and approved plan may be included in the project list. The Hood River County Transportation District (HRCTD) Transit Master Plan is the approved local plan for Hood River County.

At their September 2018 Board Meeting the HRCTD Board approved committee bylaws and appointed the following individuals to serve on the STIF Committee:

Kevin Liburdy – City of Hood River (Jurisdictional Representative)
Jeff Hecksel – Hood River County (Jurisdictional Representative)
Leticia Valle – Blue Zone & CAT Board Member (Latino, Low-Income, Environmental & Public Transit Provider Representative)
Rob Brostoff – Cascade Locks Resident & CAT Board Member (Community & Public Transit Provider Representative)
Bridget Bailey – CAT Board Member (Public Transit Provider)
Britta Wilson – Volunteers In Action, Aging in the Gorge (Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Representative)
Donald Benefield – Hood River Valley School District (Youth Representative)
Rita Rathkey – Opportunity Connections Disability Representative
Lexi Stickel – Medicare Transportation Provider CCO Representative
Amy Mallett – Hood River Adult Center
Currently Open – Rider & Disability Advocate

The Board has also invited two individuals to serve as Ex-officio members of the Committee. Ex-officio members are allowed to participate in the Committee discussion and weigh in on the project list – but they cannot vote:

Kathy Fitzpatrick – Mobility Manager, MCEDD
Brad Houghton – Deputy Director, MCEDD

The first STIF Committee was held on October 5, 2018. The second STIF Committee was held on October 11th. The Committee adopted a Recommended & Prioritized Project List and provided a recommended definition of ” high percentage of low-income households” to the Board at their October 17th Meeting.

Based on the Committee’s recommendation the Board passed a formal resolution adopting the FY19-21 STIF Plan and the priority ranked project list to the Committee. Based on this adoption, staff will submit the formal STIF application on or before November 1, 2018.