Oregon Transportation Commission approves public transportation improvements

Sept. 20, 2019

The Oregon Transportation Commission recently approved $62 million in public transportation improvements.

This is the second round of applications for the new Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF), and it includes applications from 22 eligible transit providers.

The funds will help expand transit services in communities around the state to better serve all Oregonians. The emphasis is on increasing frequency, reducing fares for low-income communities, purchasing low- or no-emission buses in urban areas, improving connections between cities, and more.

With this approval, the total estimated measurable project benefits and outcomes in service improvements or expansions for 2019-2021 include 37 million new transit trips; 215 million new miles of service by buses; 1.6 million low-income households will be within 0.5 miles of a transit stop; 89 new low- or no-emission buses; 497,000 new transit trips for high school students; and 2,097 units of equipment, such as security cameras, bus shelters and bus charging infrastructure.

The historic Keep Oregon Moving transportation funding package established the STIF. The list of the 22 recipients and details of their approved plans are available on the STIF website.  



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