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Connect Oregon Rules Advisory Committee- Air, Marine and Rail Freight Transportation


In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed Keep Oregon Moving (House Bill 2017), which includes changes to the existing Connect Oregon Grant Fund (ORS 367.082) program that necessitates aligning the implementing rules with the new statutes. The legislation made structural changes to the program, with a separate allocation of 7% for bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects. Beyond the substantive changes to the Connect Oregon program, HB 2017 charged the Department with streamlining the application process. The program was further modified by HB 2592, which among other things, further clarified the separation between freight (aviation, marine and rail) and the active transportation parts of the program.

The Connect Oregon Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) is tasked with updating Connect Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 731 Division 35 to align with the legislative intent of the two house bills, under ORS 367.080 to 089 for the freight element (aviation, marine and rail) of the program. As part of this work effort the committee enhanced the match and readiness requirements, and implemented ways to streamline the review process. The Committee consisted of representatives from Statewide modal committees, the Legislature, State and Local Governments. 

At their final phone meeting on September 24, 2019, the RAC voted to recommend a set of rules to be adopted by the Oregon Transportation Committee after going through the appropriate rulemaking process. The tentative timeline and next steps for formal adoption are as follows:

  • Department of Justice/Internal Notifications – September
  • Notice filed with Secretary of State – October
  • Public Hearing – November 20, 2019, 10:00 AM at the Gail Achterman Commission Room at 355 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR. Interested parties who cannot attend in person may call in at 1-888-398-2342, with the passcode of 328588. Please note that the focus of the discussion at the hearing will be on the content of the draft rules; information about future potential competitive rounds or other program considerations not related to the rules can be accommodated by staff at a later time. Written comments may be submitted up until November 21 at 5pm.
  • OTC adoption of amended rule – January/February 2020

Please note that the bicycle and pedestrian rules are being drafted by a separate RAC.

Committee Roster

Rule Recommended for Adoption

Upcoming Meetings

Public Hearing
November 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
Gail Achterman Commission Room - 355 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR.

Meeting Materials

Final Vote Meeting: September 24, 2019, 2-3 p.m.

Meeting #6: August 19, 2019

Meeting #4: December 7, 2018  
Meeting #3: November 19, 2018  

Meeting #2: October 22, 2018  
Meeting #1: September 17, 2018

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