Special Transportation Fund Process

TriMet is formally seeking to increase representation of older adults and people with disabilities in Oregon’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) process for the Portland region

All over our region, older adults and people with disabilities who don’t or can’t drive rely on TriMet LIFT and other community-based transportation services to meet daily needs like working, getting to medical appointments, and grocery shopping. TriMet is formally seeking to increase representation of older adults and people with disabilities in Oregon’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) process for the Portland region. We are especially recruiting for several vacancies on the Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee, or STFAC. The Special Transportation Fund (STF) pays for local transportation programs and services for older adults and people with disabilities, including those who use mobility devices like wheelchairs.

We are hoping to find qualified individuals who represent both culturally and geographically diverse backgrounds within the region to serve on the committee. We invite you to fill out the survey to help us match the level of participation that best fits your level of interest.

Please consider this important invitation. There is $2,117,000 available in funding for Regional Projects through ODOT Region 1 and $2 million available in funding for projects with Statewide Significance. The STFAC will also help update the Coordinated Transportation Plan in 2016.

We eagerly await your response. Questionnaire responses and confirmation of your interest to serve on the STFAC are due no later than December 31, 2016 to Hannah Ritchie, using the contact information below. Please contact Hannah if you have any questions or if you would like to recommend other individuals we can reach out to.

Thank you,
Hannah Quinsey 
Email: ritchieh@trimet.org
Mail: 1800 SW 1st Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201

STF Advisory Committee Roles and Commitments

Roles of the Advisory Committee include

  • Providing advice to staff and consultants who will be doing research and writing the plan
  • Helping to ensure that a diversity of voices and experiences within the older adult and disabled populations are represented in the STF Advisory Committee and public process for updating the Coordinated Transportation Plan and funding strategies
  • Review all project applications for STF and 5310 grant funding and score applications based on the selection criteria
  • Making recommendations on what services to fund for seniors and people with disabilities in the region
  • Term of appointment will be two years in length. STFAC committee member appointments will be confirmed by the TriMet Board on January 27th, 2016

Upcoming commitments of STF Advisory Committee members include

  • Participating in the development of the Coordinated Transportation Plan update. We expect monthly or biweekly meetings during the Spring and/or Summer of 2015. A total of 6-7 meetings ranging from 2-4 hours, typically during weekday mornings or afternoons.
  • The STFAC will meet 1-2 times between January and February 2015 to review applications and make funding recommendations for STF and 5310 funds.
  • After the Coordinated Transportation Plan is updated, the STFAC meets at least once a year, with approximately 4-5 meetings in a 2 month period during odd-numbered years when funding recommendations are developed.
  • Meetings will be scheduled at a time and location that is ADA accessible and convenient for the majority of advisory committee members (assistance with transportation to the advisory committee group meeting is available).