A Big Investment in Oregon’s Transportation System
The act includes a five-year reauthorization of existing federal highway, transit, safety and rail programs as well as new programs and increased funding. This is coupled with one-time dollars to substantially increase funding for projects and programs. In total, Oregon will receive at least $4.5 billion over the next five years. This includes over $1 billion in additional federal funding from 2022-26 — a 38% increase, and an additional $200 million in transit funding over that same period — a 35% increase.
Where Will the Money Go?
IIJA funds will help us address many of our most pressing transportation challenges. The money will go toward projects around the state that will benefit drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians, help maintain roads and bridges, and address climate change.
Because of the changes ODOT has made over the last few years, highlighted in our Strategic Action Plan, we are in a very good position to receive additional funding from new competitive grants to modernize our transportation system.
Your Priorities Addressed
Community priorities drive decisions
Download a fact sheet.
Of the IIJA funding, approximately $412 million is flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes.
We have been
engaging with the public, stakeholders, and advisory committees to gather input for the Oregon Transportation Commission's consideration on how to allocate additional federal funding coming from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. These activities included:
- Discussions with Area Commissions on Transportation, modal advisory committees, and metropolitan planning organization policy boards.
- Discussions with the Governor's Racial Justice Council and groups representing marginalized communities.
- An online open house
- Written comments from the public and stakeholders.
- Public comments at commission meetings.
Commission Allocates Funds
At their March 30 meeting, the
OTC took the input they received and prioritized the flexible funds on main streets, accessibility, repair, and air quality. They directed investments that address some of the critical needs of our transportation system while also approving expenditures in areas focused on a more equitable, safe, resilient, and sustainable transportation system.
Get details on how
we will spend funding.
Learn more about new dedicated formula funding programs, see summaries of the
National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure,
We will provide further details on the process for making specific expenditures in the coming weeks and months.
Funding for Local Governments
In addition to existing programs that saw funding increased under IIJA, Congress or ODOT created two new local funding opportunities. We will administer statewide competitive grant programs that local governments can apply for.
Read more about these programs. In addition to these amounts, the Portland, Salem and Eugene metropolitan planning organizations will receive additional federal funding from the Surface Transportation Block Grant, Transportation Alternatives, and Carbon Reduction Program.