The Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee oversees the use of state funds intended to improve public transit in rural areas.
In 1986, state funds for special transportation services became available to transit districts and counties in Oregon. The program, known as Special Transportation Fund (STF) , was initially created to provide transportation services for seniors and people with disabilities. Money for the STF comes from a 2 cent tax on cigarettes and other state sources. At Cherriots, STF dollars help pay for the Cherriots Regional service.
Recipients of STF funds, such as Cherriots, are required to have a Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee. The STF Advisory Committee reviews applications for STF-backed projects, and the Board makes the final funding determination. The Board appoints volunteers to serve on the committee. Committee members will reference the Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan and Section 5310 Program Management Plan in reviewing those applications.
The STF Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and are currently held virtually. Check the agenda for instructions on how to view the meeting and contribute a public comment. Normally, meetings are held in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square, 555 Court Street NE in Salem. The Senator Hearing Room is accessible to individuals using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Assistance is available for persons requiring meeting materials in alternative formats, sign language interpretation or other communication aids. Please contact Cherriots at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements. The secretary of the committee can be reached Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 503-588-2424. For text telephone (TTY), call 711 for Oregon Relay Service.
The committee is currently seeking new members. The application is available below. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about membership requirements and a list of duties.
For more information about the committee’s role, see the Special Transportation Fund Guidebook provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.