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ConnectOregon funding opportunity opens
The application process for a fourth round of funding under the multimodal ConnectOregon program has opened, providing an opportunity to seek $40 million in funding for aviation, port, marine, rail, and transit projects that will improve Oregon’s trade-based economy.

The 2011 Oregon Legislature approved $40 million in lottery-backed bonds for the ConnectOregon IV program as part of HB 5036. Building on the success of the first three authorizations in 2005, 2007 and 2009, ConnectOregon IV is a key strategy for ensuring Oregon’s transportation system is strong, diverse and efficient. Through multimodal investments around the state, ConnectOregon aims to improve flow of commerce, remove delays and enhance safety.

 ConnectOregon funds will be distributed to air, marine, rail, transit and other multimodal projects statewide. Projects will be rated as in the past, taking into consideration readiness for construction, economic benefit and value in linking transportation modes. Each of the five regions of the state will receive at least 10 percent of the total funding, provided that there are qualified projects in the region.
ConnectOregon funded airport.
Applications will be reviewed by modal and regional committees and will include opportunities for public input. In June 2010, a Final Review Committee will prioritize and forward its recommendations for funding to the Oregon Transportation Commission. An OTC public hearing on the recommendations, including final decisions, will be held soon after that.
Application materials are on the ConnectOregon website. Applications are due November 21, 2011. Questions about the application process can be directed to ConnectOregon@odot.state.or.us or call 503-986-3520.