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For future projects:
Chris Cummings
Freight Program Manager
(503) 986-3703

For selected projects from CO I through V:
Marie Wright
ConnectOregon Program Manager
(503) 986-3327

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ConnectOregon is a lottery bond based initiative to invest in air, rail, marine, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure to ensure Oregon’s transportation system is strong, diverse, and efficient.

ConnectOregon projects are eligible for up to 70% of project costs for grants. A minimum 30% cash match is required from the recipient for all grant funded projects. Projects eligible for funding from state fuel tax revenues (section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution, the Highway Trust Fund), are not eligible for ConnectOregon funding. If a highway or public road element is essential to the complete functioning of the proposed project, applicants are encouraged to work with their ODOT region, city, or county to identify the necessary funding sources.

All Oregonians will reap the benefits from enhancing Oregon’s transportation infrastructure. People and businesses, as well as the environment, will benefit by having a more efficient, productive transportation system that improves Oregon’s business environment, ultimately leading to more jobs and a more sound economy.

ConnectOregon News

A sixth round of ConnectOregon was authorized by the 2015 Oregon Legislature with approval of House Bills 5030 (financing) and 2274 (policy).

Program Funding

$45 million is available, with at least 10% of the total fund ($4.5 million each/$22.5 million total) to each of the 5 legislatively designated ConnectOregon regions.

Legislative Changes

  • Name of fund has officially changed from Multimodal Transportation Fund to ConnectOregon Fund.
  • Reference has been added to define bicycle.
  • A definition for Transportation Project was specifically included in ConnectOregon legislation. Definition specifically notes that operating expenses and purchase of bicycles are not eligible for ConnectOregon funding.
  • Legislation increases applicant match amount from 20% to 30%.
  • Loans are no longer a funding option.
  • A selection consideration pertaining to project life expectancy has been added.
  • Persons representing entities with projects for consideration will no longer be permitted to serve on the Final Review Committee.
  • Columbia County has been moved from ConnectOregon Region 1 to Region 2.

ConnectOregon VI Documents

Background

In 2005, the Oregon Legislature created the Multimodal Transportation Fund to invest in air, marine, rail, and public transit infrastructure improvements. The fund is part of what is known as the ConnectOregon program; providing grants and loans to non-highway transportation projects that promote economic development in Oregon. The legislature authorized issuance of $100 million in lottery-backed revenue bonds to fund the program in each of the 2005-07, 2007-09, and 2009-11 biennia. An additional $40 million was authorized in 2011 for the 2011-13 biennium.

In creating the Multimodal Transportation Fund, the legislature found that local governments and businesses often lack sufficient capital and technical capacity (i.e. engineering, planning, labor and/or equipment) to undertake multimodal transportation projects and that public financial assistance can help support these long-term economic growth and job creation projects. For the $340 million of ConnectOregon cycles (I, II, III, and IV), the state received 424 eligible project applications. Of which, the Oregon Transportation Commission selected 203 projects for funding. With the addition of leveraged funds, the program represents approximately $834 million in direct investment in multimodal transportation improvements.

Related Documents

ConnectOregon Rules and Statute

Program documents from ConnectOregon V for reference. These documents will be updated to reflect legislative changes for ConnectOregon VI and released with the application packet in early October 2015.

ConnectOregon Reports to Oregon Legislature

ConnectOregon Funded Projects and Past Committee Recommendation Reports

Past ConnectOregon Materials