Special Transportation Fund (STF)
The Special Transportation Fund (STF) was created in 1985 by the Oregon Legislature. The STF was originally funded with a $.01 per pack cigarette tax. In 1989, this tax was raised to $.02. Today, the cigarette tax revenue, as well as excess revenue earned from sales of photo ID Cards and other funds from Oregon Department of Transportation. Originally, the law identified 33 transit districts or counties as eligible to receive the STF moneys; subsequently, in 2003, the nine federally recognized Indian Tribes in Oregon were added as eligible recipients. The resulting 42 designated entities are called “STF Agencies.” The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) administers the funds for the State of Oregon. The STF Program is governed by: • Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 391.800 through 391.830 and • Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 732. *See Appendix A for STF laws.
Purpose and Use of Funds:
The STF Program provides a flexible, coordinated, reliable and continuing source of revenue in support of transportation services for people who are senior and people with disabilities of any age. The Oregon Legislature intended that STF funds be used to provide transportation services needed to access health, education, work, and social/recreational opportunities so that seniors and people with disabilities may live as independently and productively as possible. The funds may be used for any purpose directly related to transportation services, including transit operations, capital equipment, planning, travel training and other transit-related purposes.
The governing board of the STF Agency is required to appoint an advisory committee and is required to consult with the advisory committee before making fund decisions. The STF Advisory Committee is an essential component of a successful STF Program. The purpose of the committee is to represent the people who are served by the STF Program. The advisory committee considers how STF funds should be spent and provides the governing body with information about their community’s special transportation needs. The advisory committee is the mechanism in STF law that allows for public involvement and input to the STF process. It is important that STF Agencies create an advisory committee process that allows for public involvement.
Special Transportation Fund (STF) Advisory Committee Members: