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A sampling of ConnectOregon stories

Creating connections and community through multimodal investments

ConnectOregoncreated by the Oregon Legislature in 2005, uses Oregon Lottery-backed bond dollars to leverage local funding of non-highway projects throughout the state. Since its inception, ConnectOregon has put $427 million back into Oregon communities for rail, aviation, marine, public transit, bicycle/pedestrian and multimodal projects. We've compiled a selection of stories to give you an idea of ConnectOregon's success. 
Projects create jobs, support economy



Aurora State Airport

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After decades without an air traffic control tower, Aurora State Airport used a ConnectOregon III grant to enhance the safety and efficiency of its take-off and landing operations with the 2015 construction of a control tower.

​City of Prineville Railway

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Three rounds of ConnectOregon investments (CO I, II and III) helped develop a 37-acre freight depot site — a former lumber mill located three miles west of Prineville — and enhanced intermodal capability throughout central Oregon.

Coos Bay Rail Link

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Thanks in part to a ConnectOregon III grant, the International Port of Coos Bay took action to secure service for regional manufacturers by acquiring and re-opening the Coos Bay rail line in western Lane, western Douglas and Coos counties.

Fred Wahl Marine Construction

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A ConnectOregon grant is helping Fred Wahl Marine Construction of Reedsport build a nine-story shipbuilding facility on Bolon Island, which will facilitate company plans to expand its workforce by 50 percent.

Pioneer Parkway Corridor

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The Pioneer Parkway Bus Rapid Transit program in the Eugene-Springfield area used a ConnectOregon grant to connect the region to a new hospital and the single largest cluster of hotels between Portland and San Francisco — a key part of the region’s tourism industry.

Port of Morrow

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A ConnectOregon V grant helped build a freezer warehouse and a rail transload facility (a 2,500-foot spur and switches) in the busy Port of Morrow's East Beach Industrial Park, addressing a shortage of cold storage space and attracting new business to the area.


​Teevin Bros. Land & Timber

The company’s ConnectOregon III project created an intermodal facility that efficiently links rail to barge by adding rail siding, a transloading and cross-docking area, handling equipment and barge/ship moorings.


Sandy Transit Facility

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A successful grant from the first ConnectOregon program helped construct a joint Transit and Public Works Operations Facility in the growing city of Sandy — creating connections both to and from this Portland suburb.

Tualatin River Greenway Trail

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A ConnectOregon grant helped complete Tualatin’s active transportation network, which runs 4.7 miles through Tualatin, Durham and Tigard.


Learn about the ConnectOregon program

View the full report​ (PDF)

See the one-page overview​ of ConnectOregon (PDF)

View an interactive map​ of projects around the state.