ConnectOregon V Review Process Underway
Modal and Regional Review Committees will review 106 applications requesting a total of $128,864,928 for ConnectOregon V funding. The 2013 Oregon Legislature authorized $42 million in lottery-backed bonds for ConnectOregon V, a program that invests in multimodal transportation projects around the state. A thorough application review and recommendations process will occur over the next few months, with a final decision on approved projects set for summer 2014. General timelines can be viewed on the Application Review Flowchart.
ConnectOregon, aimed at improving connections among modes of transportation, was first approved by the 2005 Oregon Legislature to invest in air, rail, marine/ports and transit infrastructure. The success of the first year’s $100 million program led to ConnectOregon II and ConnectOregon III programs, at $100 million and $95 million (plus a separate $5 million for rural airports) respectively and ConnectOregon IV with $40 million. ConnectOregon V also added bicycle and pedestrian projects as eligible project modes. See the list of projects:
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) approves projects for funding with the assistance of input from 11 Review Committees that represent each ConnectOregon Region and six modal committees (aviation, marine, rail, transit, freight, and bicycle/pedestrian). In selecting projects, the OTC considers the five following considerations as put forth by the legislature:
- Whether a proposed transportation project reduces transportation costs for Oregon businesses or improves access to jobs and sources of labor;
- Whether a proposed transportation project results in an economic benefit to this states;
- Whether a proposed transportation project is a critical link connecting elements of Oregon’s transportation system that will measurably improve utilization and efficiency of the system;
- How much of the cost of a proposed transportation project can be borne by the applicant for the grant or loan from any source other than the Multimodal Transportation Fund; and
- Whether a proposed transportation project is ready for construction.
In addition to the aforementioned considerations, the current ConnectOregon program provides for investment to occur across the state by guaranteeing at least 10% of the total fund be invested in each of 5 legislatively designated ConnectOregon Regions (ConnectOregon Region Map).
More on the review process can be viewed by downloading the ConnectOregon Instructions to Reviewers.
See the ConnectOregon V Review Committees for meeting dates and other information.
ConnectOregon V Application Materials
Applications and support materials for ConnectOregon V are now available and are listed below. We strongly recommend following the Application Instructions carefully throughout the application process.
Please Note: When submitting your application via the ODOT FTP site, please disregard the step about creating a new folder within the ConnectOregon directory and do the following:
- Create a folder on your computer with the naming convention specified in the Application Instructions.
- Place all application materials into the folder.
- Drag and drop the folder into the ConnectOregon directory. Please refer to the Application Instructions regarding this step.
For technical submission issues, contact Rebecca Coffelt (503-986-4254).
With the approval of Senate Bill 5533 the 2013 Oregon Legislature approved a fifth round of ConnectOregon funding in the amount of $42 million.
What is ConnectOregon?
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 80% of project costs for grants and 100% for loans. A minimum 20% 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.
Ultimate beneficiaries of ConnectOregon projects:
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.
New for ConnectOregon V:
While the ConnectOregon program remains mostly the same as it was in previous rounds, there are a few changes for ConnectOregon V. ConnectOregon staff will be working over the next few months to update program materials and rules.
- ConnectOregon V has $42 million available for projects.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian projects have been added to the modes eligible for funding. The Oregon Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) will be responsible for evaluating bicycle and pedestrian projects.
- Grant recipients will be required to develop and report on performance measures for their project.
- Certain eligibility restrictions will apply to railroads located solely within Linn and Benton counties which may charge landowners fees for easements.
- Approved projects will have a portion of their funds withheld until project completion (4%) and final submission of performance measurement reports (1%).
- Rules will be updated and posted on the ConnectOregon website within the next month.
Communications and Outreach
Communication channels to be used:
This webpage will contain up-to-date information about the program. Also, an electronic newsletter will provide interested groups and individuals with the latest news.
How applicants and other interested parties can keep current on progress or changes in the program:
To receive email updates regarding the ConnectOregon V process, please sign up for the electronic newsletter. The ConnectOregon web site will contain updates as well as other important information. Interested parties may also contact ConnectOregon by email and ask to be added to the electronic mailing list for ConnectOregon. Everyone on the email list will receive notification as updates are released.
For additional information about the ConnectOregon program contact Chris Cummings (503-986-3703).
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.
ConnectOregon projects have resulted in success from creating job opportunities to retaining major employers. The projects have also resulted in reduced transportation costs, barriers to economic development removed, and improved safety. Together, the initial four phases of the ConnectOregon program have improved multimodal connections and better integrated transportation system components, thereby improving the flow of commerce and promoting economic development within Oregon. ODOT administers the program pursuant to OAR 731-0.
Click on any of the below pictures to read about a few of the successful projects.
ConnectOregon Report to the Oregon Legislature
ConnectOregon Report - Executive Summary
ConnectOregon Funded Projects
ConnectOregon Rules and Statute
Selected projects from I through IV
Active Transportation Analyst
Senior Transportation Planner
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