ODOT has opened the new multimodal Enhance application process for the 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The Oregon Transportation Commission approved moving forward with this new STIP development process at its meeting in September.
ODOT anticipates awarding around $220 million over a three-year period in the Enhance category, which will fund activities that enhance, expand, or improve the transportation system. Eligible projects include:
- Modernization projects that add capacity to the system
- Bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities on or off the highway right-of-way
- Most projects previously eligible for Transportation Enhancement funds
- Public Transportation (capital projects only, not operations)
- Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects
- Scenic Byways (construction projects)
- Transportation Demand Management
- Development work for projects that will not be ready for construction or implementation within the four years of the STIP
- Protective Right-of-Way purchases
Applicants must be Oregon public agencies. This includes cities, counties, tribes, metropolitan planning organizations, school districts, transit districts, port districts, other special districts, colleges and universities, public airports, federal agencies, and state agencies.
Completed applications received by the due date and time will be used to develop the list of recommended transportation investments for the 2015-2018 STIP. All applications are due by noon on November 27, 2012.
Area Commissions on Transportation (ACTs) will review applications and submit project recommendations totaling 150 percent of their allocation of funds to ODOT’s regions in March 2013. Other advisory committees—including the Oregon Freight Advisory Committee and the Joint Transportation Enhancements-Oregon Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee-- will provide input on the ACT recommendations in June. In fall of 2013, the Oregon Transportation Commission will review recommendations and make final project selections, including allocating approximately one-fifth of funding that has been left under the Commission’s purview.