Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
ODOT’s main capital improvement program is the STIP, funded by various sources. The STIP is a three- or four-year document, but is amended often. Proposals can be made to the state via your local regional offices. Projects must be in a local adopted Transportation System Plan. The 2021-2024 STIP includes roughly $115 million for walking and biking projects. Programs include Active Transportation Leverage, which adds walking or biking features to Fix-It projects, and ADA Curb Ramps, to boost accessibility of pedestrian infrastructure.
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State Highway Trust Fund/Bicycle Bill
When roads are constructed or reconstructed, Oregon law requires walkways and bikeways be provided. Additionally, all agencies receiving State Highway Funds are required to spend at least 1% of those funds on bicycle and/or pedestrian infrastructure improvements (ORS 366.514). Currently, cities and counties receive 20% and 30% of the state’s highway trust funds, respectively, which can be used for walking and biking projects along roads. Contact Jessica Horning, (503) 731-3359.
Sidewalk Improvement Program (SWIP)
ODOT’s SWIP builds pedestrian and bicycle facilities on state roads and local roads that help people moving across or around the state system. Jessica Horning, (503) 731-3359.
Safe Routes to School
ODOT manages competitive funding for Safe Routes infrastructure ($10 million/year) and non-infrastructure ($300,000/year). Contact LeeAnne Fergason (503) 986-5805 or Heidi Manlove (503) 986-4196, respectively. Learn more.
All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS)
The ARTS Program is designed to address safety needs on all public roads in Oregon. The program is data-driven to achieve the greatest crash reduction, including addressing hot spots. A portion is dedicated to a few proven low-cost measures to implement widely, where there is evidence that they would be most useful. Local agencies can submit applications for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Details and regional representatives here.
Connect Oregon funds can only be used outside the roadway right of way and require a 30% local cash match. The funds are currently fully committed to four specific projects. ODOT is aiming to build trails with Connect Oregon funds in the future.
State Transportation Infrastructure Bank
Oregon offers a revolving loan fund for certain transportation improvements, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Repayment must begin within five years of project completion and be completed within 30 years or at the end of the useful life of a project. Loan sizes vary from $250,000 to $10,000,000.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Local Grants
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grants over $4 million/year to communities for outdoor recreation projects, including recreational trails such as The Dalles Riverfront Trail. Local matches are required.
Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Funds
TGM offers grants for improving transportation system plans and planning efforts that integrate land use and transportation. TGM also offers Quick Response grants when pending development will impact the city’s goals, Code Assistance to help with specific code questions, Transportation System Plan (TSP) Assessments to look at city TSPs, and Education and Outreach projects to move community conversations forward.
State Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF)
Walking and biking connections to transit are eligible under ODOT’s STIF program, a new fund for transit started in 2018.