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Emergency Ordinance

*Accept grant from the State of Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Discretionary Fund for $400,000 to support Portland Streetcar Rider Ambassador Program

Passed

The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1.  The Council finds:

  1. Section 122 of House Bill 2017 Transportation Funding Package, also known as Keep Oregon Moving, established a new dedicated source of funding for improving or expanding public transportation service in Oregon. This new funding source is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or STIF.
     
  2. Portland Bureau of Transportation applied to the State of Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Discretionary Fund grant in the amount of $400,000 for the Portland Streetcar’s Rider Ambassador Program on November 29, 2022.
     
  3. The Oregon Transportation Commission approved the City of Portland’s grant application on May 11, 2023.
     
  4. The grant is matched by $100,000 in contributions from Portland Streetcar, Inc. – The City’s partner in delivering streetcar service.
     
  5. This grant will support Portland Streetcar’s Rider Ambassador Program for FY24 and FY25 (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025).
     
  6. The grant number for this is TR000360.  The grant IO for this is TR03600001.
     
  7. This project will be added to the FY 2023-2024 budget as part of the Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP).

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. The Commissioner-in-Charge is hereby authorized to accept on behalf of the City of Portland a grant from the State of Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Discretionary Fund in the amount of $400,000 for to support Portland Streetcar’s Rider Ambassador Program. Any increases to the Grant Amount must be approved by the City Council
  2. The Commissioner-in-Charge is hereby authorized to execute an Agreement in the amount of $400,000 in a form similar to the grant agreement attached as Exhibit A.
  3. The Commissioner-in-Charge is hereby authorized to execute amendments, approved as to form by the City Attorney, to the scope of the services or the terms and conditions of this Agreement, provided the changes do not increase the City’s financial risk.
  4. The OMF Grants Office is authorized to perform all administrative matters in relation to the grant application, grant agreement or amendments, requests for reimbursement from the grantor, and to submit required online grant documents on the Commissioner-in-Charge’s behalf.

Section 2.  The Council declares that an emergency exists because a delay would unnecessarily delay the City’s ability to perform the activities authorized by the grant; therefore, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Council.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Simone Rede

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

  • The purpose of this Ordinance is to accept a grant from the State of Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Discretionary Fund to support Portland Streetcar’s Rider Ambassador Program for FY24 and FY25 (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025).
  • The Rider Ambassador Program provides a non-police presence on the streetcar system to ensure all passengers feel safe using public transit and have access to resources to support their daily needs. The award-winning (Street Trust’s Alice Award) Rider Ambassador program was seen as a key initiative for supporting the return to transit after COVID and has since grown to be critical component of transit operations which is now being modeled across the nation.
  • Portland Bureau of Transportation applied to the State of Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Discretionary Fund grant in the amount of $400,000 for the Portland Streetcar’s Rider Ambassador Program on November 29, 2022.
  • The Oregon Transportation Commission approved the City of Portland’s grant application on May 11, 2023.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

  • The grant is matched by $100,000 in contributions from Portland Streetcar, Inc. – The City’s partner in delivering streetcar service.
  • Costs for this project will post under grant order TR03600001 grant TR000360.
  • This project will be added to the FY 2023-2024 budget as part of the Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP).

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

  • There is not expected to be any opposition to this ordinance. This grant will improve confidence in public transportation by investing in the Portland Streetcar Rider Ambassador Program.

100% Renewable Goal

  • Does this action increase or decrease the City's total energy use?

This action is neutral in terms of the amount of energy used – the Streetcar system runs on 100% renewable electricity however this particular contract will not have any impact on the amount or quality of energy used. 

  • Does this action increase or decrease the City's renewable energy use?)

Maintaining streetcar operations and supporting continued growth in the system will increase the City’s use of renewable energy. Streetcar runs on 100% renewable energy today and ongoing operations including the addition of new service will only grow the City’s share of renewable energy. 

Budget Office Financial Impact Analysis

This action allows acceptance of grant funding from the State of Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds (STIF ) to support the Portland Streetcar's Ride Ambassador Program for FY2023-24 and FY 2024-25. Funding totals $400,000. 

Document History

Item 540 Consent Agenda in June 28, 2023 Council Agenda

City Council

Passed

  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

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Requested Agenda Type

Consent

Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date