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Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF)
In 2017 the Oregon Legislature established the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) to expand public transportation services throughout Oregon. STIF Formula Funds are distributed to Qualified Entities (QE) based on taxes paid within their respective boundaries.
Qualified Entity (QE)
Tillamook County Transportation District (TCTD) is the designated QE for Tillamook County and has the responsibility of working with a local STIF Advisory Committee to determine how best to use STIF Formula Funds. STIF monies may be used for public transportation purposes that include planning, operations, bus purchases and administration of the STIF Program.
STIF Advisory Committee
Qualified Entities are required to have a STIF advisory committee that consists of at least 5 members who represent the diverse interests of the District’s geographic service area. The STIF Advisory Committee’s primary role is to review proposed projects and rank them in the order of priority and make recommendations to the TCTD Board of Directors. Below are the District’s STIF Advisory Committee Members.
TCTD is seeking to recruit additional committee members. Below are the STIF Committee Member Job Description, By Laws and Committee and Member Application. If you have the interest and the time to meetings, we’d welcome you completing and submitting an application to be appointed to the Committee.
STIF Plan Development
Tillamook County Transportation District’s STIF Plan and Budget projects were selected from the originated from the District’s adopted plans listed below:
STIF Advisory Committee Meeting
On October 3, 2018 the District’s STIF Advisory Committee met to discuss proposed projects and rank them in order of priority. Below is the Committee’s Agenda Packet:
The STIF Advisory Committee determined the highest priority was to use STIF Formula funds as local matching funds to purchase both replacement and expansion vehicles. The Committee’s second priority was to allocate additional STIF monies to conduct a feasibility study to determine which future service enhancements would be most beneficial when additional STIF funding arrives next fiscal year. The Committee also recommended STIF funds be allocated to conduct another local planning process to prepare for the next STIF Formula funding cycle. The Committee ranked Holiday Service as the #3 priority since this project will benefit all Tillamook County low income households. The Committee ranked the expansion of the CARE Bus Pass Program to issue up to 10 Monthly Bus Passes to individuals of low income households as the 4th highest priority. Next, the Committee ranked the creation of 2 full time driver positions to provide dial-a-ride services in the rural areas of northern and southern Tillamook County as the 5th priority. Finally, the STIF Committee ranked deviated fixed route service enhancement as the 6th priority. As mentioned earlier, the Committee will conduct a feasibility study to determine which service enhancements listed in the District’s Long-Range Transit Development Plan should be implemented. Below is a link to a memo to the TCTD Board of Directors that outlines the recommended 2019-21 STIF Plan.
TCTD Board of Directors Adoption of the 2019-2021 STIF Plan
The TCTD Board of Directors held a public hearing and adopted the District’s STIF Plan on October 18, 2018. Below is a link to a Staff Memo along with Resolution 18-24 adopting the District’s STIF Plan for the 2019-2021 Biennium.
Estimating Low Income Households
Under statute, QE’s are required to identify the amount of STIF Formula funds that are allocated to improve services to a high percentage of low-income households. Low income families are considered to be those below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. A STIF Plan must contain an explanation of how the plan defines and identifies communities with a high percentage of low income households, and indicate how projects improve transit service to these communities.
Census Tract Analysis
TCTD used the ODOT “Estimating Low Income Households Guidance” Method # 1 to determine the number of households below 200% for Tillamook County. This analysis was conducted at the Census Tract Level to determine which communities had both the highest number of low income households and to evaluate which geographic areas had the highest percentage of low income households.
The study concluded there are about 4,100 low income households throughout Tillamook County, which represents 40% of all households in the County. The western portion of the City of Tillamook which extends westward to Cape Meares and Cloverdale are where the highest percentage of low income households are located. Meanwhile, there are 1,063 low income households in the eastern portion the City of Tillamook, which represents about 25% of the low income households in all of Tillamook County.
The Census Tracts were consolidated into North, Central and South geographic areas. This analysis illustrated the highest percentage of low income households (44%) are located in the southern geographic area of Tillamook County. Here’s a link to the District’s Low Income Household estimate:
Each of the District’s STIF projects will benefit all households under the 200% federal poverty guideline. For example, the fleet replacement and fleet expansion will provide vehicles that provide service throughout the County. The STIF Planning project will provide an analysis of two service enhancements listed in the District’s Long Range Transit Development Plan that expands service to the Port of Tillamook Bay (POTB). The two service enhancements will be to increase transit service within the City of Tillamook and serve POTB every hour. The second option is to create new route that serves Pacific City and Tierra Del Mar via Sand Lake Road. This new route would be scheduled to serve the POTB on each outbound and inbound trip. Next, the creation of two full time dial-a-ride positions dedicated to the northern and southern rural portions of Tillamook County would create reliable driver availability to serve the residents living there. Moreover, expansion of the CARE Bus Pass Program will result in low income families and individuals with up to 10 bus passes per month in order for them to have affordable access to public transportation travel to jobs, medical appointments, social services and shopping. Finally, providing holiday service (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day) that operates on the same days as the NW Oregon Transit Alliance (NWOTA) partners will enable low income families who rely upon public transportation to travel to their jobs, etc.
Zip Code Analysis
TCTD also used the ODOT “Estimating Low Income Households Guidance” Method # 1 to determine the number of households below 200% for Tillamook County by Zip Code. This analysis was also used to conduct at the Zip Code Level to determine which communities had both the highest number of low income households and to evaluate which geographic areas had the highest percentage of low income households.
Analysis at the Zip Code Level was not used for the “official” analysis. After consulting with the Garibaldi Post Master it was determined the Zip Code Analysis included all known addresses and since about 50% of all Tillamook addresses are part-time residences it was determined this analysis would not be useful.
We want to emphasize that we’re more than just a collection of agencies. We work together to connect Oregon and ensure transportation is accessible, affordable, and possible for all.
The Coordinated Plan is a guiding document for TCTD’s Board of Directors including their Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee (STFAC) that makes recommendations about grant distributions funded by the State […]