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Investing in Oregon's transportation future

Connect Oregon is an initiative established by the 2005 state legislature to invest in non-highway modes of transportation. Future rounds of the program will fund aviation, rail, and marine projects, and previous rounds included bicycle/pedestrian and transit projects. These infrastructure projects ensure Oregon’s transportation system is strong, diverse, and efficient. For the $477 million awarded through Connect Oregon I through VI (including CORA and the Dedicated Projects there have been:

  • 603 project applications received
  • 285 projects funded
  • $1.003 billion in grants and loans requested

Competitive Round – Fall 2021

The Department is launching a competitive application cycle for this fall. Key details about the size and scope of the program:
  • Approximately $46 million will be available for award by the Oregon Transportation Commission
  • Aviation, marine and rail transportation projects are eligible.
  • 30% required match for projects (50% required for Class I railroads)
  • Application will be web based, with a link provided when the Department begins accepting applications.
    • The application period is now open, and applicants may now fill out and submit their applications using Cognito Forms, which allows users to save progress and make changes prior to submitta
    • Deadline for submission is 5:00 PM October 29, 2021. No applications received after this date will be considered.

Key documents outlining the questions for applicants, how the reviewers will be scoring applications before they are presented for final approval are in the dropdowns menus below. Prospective applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with all of them as they work on the scoping and details of their proposal.

The simplified timeline is below for reference with more details in the program documents:
  • Accepting applications – September 15-October 29, 2021
  • Review for eligibility – November-December 2021
  • Modal/ACT/RST Review – January-March 2022
  • Final Review Committee – April 2022
  • OTC to Award Projects – May 2022 (July if second meeting needed)

Program Changes Since CO VI

The passage of HB 2017 in 2017 and HB 2592 made significant changes to the program, which will make the process look a little different from the previous competitive cycle of CO VI in 2015-2016:

 

Connect Oregon funds “transportation projects” which per statute means a project or undertaking for rail, marine or aviation capital infrastructure, including bridges, or a project that facilitates the transportation of materials, animals or people. This does not include maintenance, ongoing operations, or planning efforts that do not result in construction. 

Projects eligible for funding from highway fund revenues that come primarily from state fuel taxes, vehicle title and registration fees, and heavy truck fees (section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution, the Highway Trust Fund), are not eligible for Connect Oregon 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.​

Guidance

Forms

  • Monthly Progress Report: Used to evaluate project performance, due the 1st Wednesday of each month.
  • Request for Change Order: Must be submitted for approval prior to any changes to project scope or delivery schedule.
  • Project Acceptance: Completed by the ODOT project liaison and signed by recipient upon project completion.
  • Project Performance Report: Fillable form addressing the measurement of success and job creation as specified in the application; to be submitted by the recipient within 18 month of receiving project acceptance.
  • Reimbursement Request:​ Used to request reimbursement for project expenses paid by the funding recipient. 

Contact

For policy and proposed projects:
 John Boren
Freight Program Manager
 503-986-3703

For grants awarded or projects underway:

 Cece Gilbert
Connect Oregon Program Manager
 503-986-3528

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Case Studies

Learn about a selection of successful projects from past rounds.

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