The OTC and ODOT are changing how the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is developed. The STIP will no longer be developed as a collection of programs tied to specific pools of funding dedicated to specific transportation modes or specialty programs. Beginning in the summer of 2012, the STIP will be divided into two broad categories: Fix-It and Enhance. The primary objective of this change is to enable ODOT to take care of the existing transportation assets while still providing a measure of funding to enhance the state and local transportation system in a truly multimodal way.
On August 24, 2011, the Governor John Kitzhaber met with the OTC and talked about his direction and expectations.
His key themes in what types of projects should be selected:
projects with the potential to be both effective and efficient
projects that involve multiple funding sources
projects that are complementary to other projects or community development activities and offer the chance for the whole to be greater than the sum of the parts
In addition, the governor provided:
Investments must achieve multiple objectives
Conduct proactive asset management (strategically take care of what we already have)
Move toward a more multimodal transportation system by maximizing funding flexibility and consider a wider range of community issues and benefits
The STIP Enhance site provides a central source of information on this new funding process.
Compressed Natural GAS (CNG) Grant
Call for Projects Feb 2014The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is doing a Call for Projects for Compressed Natural Gas Infrastructure and will award $4,000,000 in federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds for clean technology in Oregon. The primary purpose of this funding is to reduce transportation-related emission reductions and to encourage the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel by supporting the installation of natural gas fueling stations. ODOT is accepting proposals from public and private entities for funds available in Federal Fiscal Years 2014-2015. This is a one-time call for projects, specifically for the installation of natural gas fueling stations. The Director of ODOT will approve all expenditure of funds for the awarded projects.