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Local Government Funding Overview - UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Oregon has several programs that invest in transportation projects. There are federal funds, state funds and other funds; there are programs that invest in specific modes, such as rail or bicycle/pedestrian; and there are emergency situations when funds are available, too. Below is an overview of the various funding sources and programs.

To begin exploring these funding sources, we recommend you look at two major programs, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and ConnectOregon:

  • Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. This program identifies and schedules several years in advance most major projects around the state and in communities using mostly federal funds.
  • ConnectOregon. This is a legislatively-approved program for investing in multimodal (non-highway) projects, including rail, marine/ports, air, bicycle/pedestrian and public transit.

You may also want to explore options related to the following categories of funding (some programs may be shown in more than one category):

  • Connect Oregon – add a short description and link to the existing page
  • Immediate Opportunity Fund (IOF) – add a short description and link to the IOF Guidelines doc…as I don’t think we have a webpage for it currently
  • Fund Exchange: A process whereby cities, counties, and small metropolitan planning organizations can exchange federal Surface Transportation Program dollars for state funds.
  • Small City Allotment: An annual allocation of state funds for local transportation projects. Through an agreement between the League of Oregon Cities and ODOT, ODOT sets aside $1,000,000 each year (half from city gas tax revenue and half from the State Highway Fund) for cities under 5,000 residents.
  • Oregon Transportation Infrastructure Bank, or OTIB: A statewide revolving loan fund designed to promote innovative financing solutions for transportation needs. All local agencies are eligible to apply for OTIB funding.
  • Quick Fix
  • TE/AT Discretionary
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Etc.

The Oregon Department of Transportation's Bridge Section coordinates selection and funding of Federal Highway Bridge Program bridges through the Local Agency Bridge Selection Committee (LABSC), a committee of city, county, and state representatives. Local agency bridges are prioritized using a Technical Ranking System and selected in categories of Large (30,000+ square feet of deck area), Small On-System, and Small Off-System.

Bridge Local Agency Resources
Contact  Holly Winston, Senior Local Bridge Standards Engineer

  • All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS)
  • Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS)
  • Local Safety Grants thru TSD

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Public Transit Section provides grants to communities and local transportation providers who offer public transportation.

Public Transportation Funding Opportunities

If this is your agency’s first time applying for a Public Transit Section grant, please contact your area’s Regional Transit Coordinator for more information and to discuss your eligibility.

A Federal program that provides emergency funding for repair or reconstruction of highways and roads damaged during natural disasters or catastrophic failures. ODOT’s Maintenance and Operations Branch administers the Emergency Operations Program and can assist local agencies navigate the ER process.

Emergency Operations Program
Contact  Greg Ek-Collins, Emergency Operations Manager

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