In May 2010, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) asked that ODOT form an Advisory Committee to help facilitate the development of the Flexible Funds Program. The Program was developed in response to legislative direction that ODOT use more flexible federal transportation funds for non-highway purposes such as bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit capital, transportation demand management, as well as related planning work.
The Advisory Committee, chaired by Commissioner Mary Olson, brought together stakeholders representing a broad range of interests to help the Department work through the challenging issues related to the use of flexible funds. At the direction of the Commission, the Advisory Committee helped the Department develop criteria for non-highway projects and, provided recommendations for the process for project selection. Prior to the 2011-12 application cycle, the Committee helped refine and update the criteria and the project selection process.
Committee members represent the transit industry, bicycle and pedestrian interests, transportation enhancements, environmental organizations and state, regional and local governments.