In addition to the provisions of ORS 184.689 (Powers and duties of department), the Department of Transportation is authorized to institute a public transportation development program which may be financed by state, federal, local or other funds and may be operated in conjunction and cooperation with the federal government, metropolitan planning organizations, public and private employers, and public transportation entities.
The department may apply to the Federal Transit Administration or Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation or other federal or state government agency for participation in any public transportation system development project.
The department may, with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services or in cooperation with public transportation entities, or both, write specifications for and order public transportation equipment on behalf of any number of public transportation entities, to purchase real estate or to purchase, engineer, design, construct or lease public transportation structures and facilities under this program.
If federal funds are being used to finance any project under this program, the department shall secure assurance from the federal government of the availability and amount of federal financial assistance. The department may also secure obligations by the participating public transportation entities that they will manage and operate such public transportation equipment or facilities at the appropriate time and will supply local funding if such is being utilized.
Funding for projects under this section and ORS 184.733 (Department of Transportation Public Transportation Development Fund) may be with whatever percentage of federal, state or local funds that the Oregon Transportation Commission deems proper. In the event that the federal percentage is changed by legislation, the state and local percentage may be changed by action of the Oregon Transportation Commission.
In cooperation with metropolitan planning organizations, public and private employers, and public transportation entities, the department may develop transportation demand management projects, air quality improvement projects, demonstration projects, and planning and research projects. As used in this subsection:
Transportation demand management projects are measures to reduce traffic congestion and travel by single occupant automobiles including but not limited to carpool, vanpool, buspool, park-and-ride facilities, parking management, high occupancy vehicle lanes, bus bypass lanes, flexible hours of employment, work trip reduction programs and incentives to use public transportation.
Air quality improvement projects are measures to reduce vehicle emissions, including transportation demand management, development of alternative fuels including fueling stations, conversion of existing vehicles or replacement of existing vehicles with vehicles producing lower emissions, research into vehicles using alternative fuels and purchase of new vehicles by public transportation entities.
Demonstration projects show the merits of products, projects, transportation service designs or management techniques. Demonstration projects are of a limited duration. [1981 c.224 §4; 1989 c.867 §2; 1991 c.752 §14f; 1993 c.741 §17; 1995 c.79 §65]