Federal grants include $584K for Cascades East Transit

Federal grants include $584K for Cascades East Transit

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced Friday that the Oregon Department of Transportation 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 front lines 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 round of funding will be made available in the coming months, with estimated allotments as follows:

Agency Name  Allocation Estimate
 Basin Transit Service Transportation District                          $552,332
 Benton County                           $126,156
 Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council                           $584,985
 City of Canby                           $280,663
 City of Cottage Grove                           $123,965
 City of Lebanon                             $95,208
 City of Pendleton                           $137,444
 City of Sandy                           $395,141
 City of Silverton                             $67,303
 City of Sweet Home                           $104,500
 City of Woodburn                           $139,996
 Clackamas County                           $117,691
 Columbia County                           $436,751
 Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.                           $431,147
 Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon                             $50,000
 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation                           $306,531
 Coos County Area Transit Service District                           $214,766
 Curry County                            $194,572
 Douglas County                           $487,333
 Grant County Transportation District                           $138,732
 Harney County                           $148,787
 Hood River County Transportation District                           $152,268
 Josephine County                             $91,666
 Klamath Tribes                           $129,684
 Lane Transit District                             $88,031
 Lincoln County Transportation Service District                           $610,918
 Linn County                            $144,210
 Malheur County                           $217,106
 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District                           $129,749
 Ride Connection, Inc.                           $244,708
 Salem Area Mass Transit District                           $364,155
 South Clackamas Transportation District                           $282,027
 Sunset Empire Transportation District                           $501,222
 Tillamook County Transportation District                           $395,358
 Yamhill County                           $814,023
 Grand Total                     $9,299,126