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Connect Oregon


Investing in Oregon's transportation future

Connect Oregon is an initiative to invest in air, rail, marine, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure to ensure Oregon’s transportation system is strong, diverse, and efficient. For the $427 million available through Connect Oregon I through VI (including CORA) there have been:

  • 603 project applications received,
  • 282 projects funded,
  • $1.003 billion in grants and loans requested.

Important changes to Connect Oregon resulted from the passage of HB 2017 by the 2017 Legislature:

  • Public transit projects are no longer included in Connect Oregon.
  • The Connect Oregon Fund now has a portion of the new vehicle dealer privilege fee and the new $15 bicycle excise tax in addition to lottery-backed bonds as funding sources. The bicycle excise tax will only go towards bicycle/pedestrian projects.
  • The Oregon Transportation Commission is directed to distribute Connect Oregon funds to four specific projects:
    • Treasure Valley Intermodal Facility ($26 million).
    • Rail expansion in East Beach Industrial Park at the Port of Morrow ($6.55 million).
    • Brooks rail siding extension ($2.6 million).
    • Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal Facility ($25 million).

No competitive process at this time

Because available funds must first go to the projects listed above, we do not anticipate that there will be funding available in the 2017-2019 biennium for a competitive Connect Oregon program like the ones we’ve had in the previous six versions of the program. 

After the four projects listed above have been funded, and if funding is available, we will announce next steps, such as for a competitive grant process that may occur in 2019-2021 or 2021-2023 biennia.

Administrative Rulemaking

ODOT adopted a new permanent rule, effective on March 2018, to establish common, consistent criteria and timelines for project plans and plan review for the four dedicated projects listed above. 

Prior to reviewing competitive process projects under the newly created Part 1 and Part 2 of the Connect Oregon program, ODOT will establish new rules that implement HB 2017. 

The Connect Oregon Rules Advisory Committees for Freight Transportation, Multimodal Active Transportation and Dedicated Projects were formed to draft these rules and submit for adoption by the OTC in Spring of 2019.

Rules Advisory Committee (Air, Marine and Rail Freight Transportation)
Rules Advisory Committee (Multimodal Active Transportation)


For policy and proposed projects:
 John Boren
Freight Program Manager

For grants awarded or projects underway:

 Katie Thiel
Connect Oregon Program Manager


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Case Studies

Learn about a selection of successful projects from past rounds.

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