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Commission approves $40 million for multimodal projects under ConnectOregon IV
 
The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved 38 multimodal projects from across the state for $40 million in funding provided by the ConnectOregon IV program.
 
Among the projects funded:
  • The Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad (CORP) will receive $4.56 million to improve rail service into the Rogue Valley, complementing the recent award of federal TIGER funds for improvements from the Rogue Valley into California.
  • The Port of Portland will receive $1.2 million to optimize the Terminal 6 wharf, the Port’s container terminal.
  • Yamhill County will receive $1.16 million for their intermodal transit center.
  • The Port of Morrow will receive $850,000 for railroad track development.
  • The Eugene Airport will receive $450,000 for reconstruction of the airport’s South Ramp.
 
The ConnectOregon program focuses on improving connections between Oregon highways and all other modes: marine/ports, aviation, public transit, and rail. Dedicated to non-highway projects, ConnectOregon was first approved by the Oregon legislature in 2005 and has funded more than 100 projects around the state.  The Legislature has provided a total of $340 million for the program in four round of funding.
 
Sixty-five applications requesting a total of $77,819,159 million were submitted.  The applications were reviewed and ranked by several volunteer committees over the past six months, and in June, a Final Review Committee forwarded its recommendations to the OTC. After a public hearing last month, the OTC approved the list of recommended projects without change.
 
For more details, visit the ConnectOregon website.