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Transportation Enhancement Program

Update

In July 2012, the US Congress passed a new transportation funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or “MAP-21”. The new bill took effect on October 1, 2012.

MAP-21 did not reauthorize the Transportation Enhancement Program. Instead, it established a new program called Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that includes elements of the former TE program in combination with elements of other programs, and some new activities.

What happens to TE funds and projects?

TE funds allocated for 2012 and prior years were not lost in the transition to TAP. Funds committed to specific projects stay with those projects, and TE-funded work in progress continues under the terms of existing agree­ments. Remaining phases of work will end up with either TE or TAP funds. Any TE funds allo­cated by the Oregon Transportation Commission—but not yet committed to projects—remain available for award to future projects.

The TE Discretionary Account remains in place through 2015, with $2 million per year for urgent needs that arise outside the statewide competitive selection process. It remains available for TE-eligible projects until those funds are exhausted, and will then continue for TAP-eligible projects using TAP funds instead of TE.

What happens to the TE Program?

TE funds already allocated to the program don’t go away. The funds committed to specific projects will stay with those projects. TE-funded work in progress will continue under the terms of existing agree­ments, and remaining phases of work will end up with either TE or TAP funds. All TE funds allo­cated by the Oregon Transportation Commission but not yet committed to projects remain available for award to future projects.

The TE Discretionary Account remains in place through 2015, with $2 million per year for urgent needs that arise outside the statewide competitive selection process. For 2016-2018, the Discretionary Account has $1.5 million per year, shared with the Bicycle & Pedestrian “Quick Fix” program that provides funds for immediate needs along the State Highway system.

Although there are many changes occurring with transition to the STIP-Enhance process, this update explains how TE and TAP will operated in the 2013-2015 timeframe.

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Project Selection 2012-2013

Joint TE-OBPAC Project Solicitation for 2012

The Transportation Enhancement and Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Program joined forces for the 2012 project solicitation process. There was ONE APPLICATION PROCESS for both programs.

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Prior Years Project Selection

  • The Transportation Enhancement program accepted applications between July 1 and September 30, 2010. A public comment period will ran from December 13, 2010 through January 28, 2011.
  • In February 2011, the Transportation Enhancement Advisory Committee approved a list of 31 finalists based on recommendations presented by ODOT staff.
  • On April 4, 2011 the TE Committee met to select projects and make a funding recommendation. Final approval from the Oregon Transportation Commission was given on May 18, 2011.

List of Projects Awarded Funding

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Resources

For further information on the Enhancement Program, please contact:

Pat Rogers Fisher
Transportation Enhancement Program Manager
(503) 986-3528

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