The LTD STIF Advisory Committee will prioritize submitted project proposals. The committee must consider:
- Whether the project would:
- Increase frequency of bus service schedules in communities with a high percentage of Low-Income Households.
- Expand bus routes and bus services to reach communities with a high percentage of Low-Income Households.
- Reduce fares for public transportation in communities with a high percentage of Low-Income Households.
- Result in the procurement of buses that are powered by natural gas, electricity or other low or no emission propulsion for use in areas with populations of 200,000 or more.
- Improve the frequency and reliability of service connections between communities inside and outside of the Qualified Entity’s service area.
- Increase coordination between Public Transportation Service Providers to reduce fragmentation in the provision of transportation services.
- Expand student transit services for students in grades 9 through 12: Each Qualified Entity is required to spend at least 1 percent of the Formula Fund moneys received each year on student transit services for students in grades 9 through 12, if Practicable.
- Whether the Project would maintain an existing, productive service.
- The extent to which the Project goals meet public transportation
needs and are a responsible use of public funds.
- Other factors to be determined by the Qualified Entity or Advisory
Committee such as geographic equity.
The committee has discussed and developed a draft definition for "communities with a high percentage of low income households." The LTD Board of Directors will incorporate the definition of "communities with a high percentage of low income households" into the Advisory Committee bylaws and finalize the bylaws before submitting the Formula Fund project list in May 2019.
Tools have been developed to help visualize geographic areas of Lane County that have a high percentage of low income households. These tools include a map showing the percentage of low income households in Lane County by census block group and a map showing share of employment by wage class.
The Qualified Entity has worked with Public Transportation Service Providers (PTSP) across the county to develop a sub-allocation method for funds outside of the LTD boundary. PTSPs were invited to provide feedback on two sub-allocation strategies at a meeting held in September 2018 and through follow up email communications. Providers and municipalities that were invited to provide feedback included Lane Transit District, Lane Council of Governments, Lane County, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians and the cities of Florence, Oakridge, Westfir, and Dunes City. The input gathered from these entities resulted in a final out-of-district sub-allocation map. This sub-allocation will be a starting point for discussions as the STIF Advisory Committee prioritizes submitted project proposals for the area outside of the Lane Transit District.