April 17, 2020

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $42 Million in Funding for Rural Oregon Transit Options

Funding comes as public transportation continues to support essential workers; make grocery shopping, pharmacy visits possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will receive nearly $42.7 million in funding to support rural public transportation operations and projects—including coronavirus response efforts—in communities throughout the state.

The funding will be allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress approved last month.

“As we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic, countless Oregonians are still relying on public transportation to report to their essential jobs, buy groceries, and get to their pharmacies,” said Merkley. “I’m grateful to our dedicated public transportation workers for everything they’re doing on the frontlines to support our communities during this tumultuous time. I am going to keep fighting for the funding and resources—like these grants—that will help Oregonians in every corner of our state get where they’re going safely.”

“Rural Oregonians depending on public transit to get around their communities need to know that option remains viable during this public health crisis,” Wyden said. “More needs to be done of course to help these Oregonians and the public transit employees working hard under very challenging conditions, but I am gratified these resources are now on the road to help our state’s rural communities.”

Specifically, the grants will provide for rural operations, preventive maintenance work, project administration, intercity bus operations, and direct and indirect state administration costs related to the response to the coronavirus public health emergency.

The first tranche of funding will be made available in the coming months, with estimated allotments as follows:

Agency Name

 Allocation Estimate

 Basin Transit Service Transportation District


 Benton County


 Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council


 City of Canby


 City of Cottage Grove


 City of Lebanon


 City of Pendleton


 City of Sandy


 City of Silverton


 City of Sweet Home


 City of Woodburn


 Clackamas County


 Columbia County


 Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.


 Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon


 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation


 Coos County Area Transit Service District


 Curry County 


 Douglas County


 Grant County Transportation District


 Harney County


 Hood River County Transportation District


 Josephine County


 Klamath Tribes


 Lane Transit District


 Lincoln County Transportation Service District


 Linn County 


 Malheur County


 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District


 Ride Connection, Inc.


 Salem Area Mass Transit District


 South Clackamas Transportation District


 Sunset Empire Transportation District


 Tillamook County Transportation District


 Yamhill County


 Grand Total