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Connect Oregon


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.

Program Changes

The passage of HB 2017 in 2017 and HB 2592 made significant changes to the Connect Oregon program:

  • Four dedicated projects must be funded prior to a competitive program:
    • Treasure Valley Reload Center ($26 million).
    • Rail expansion at the Port of Morrow ($6.55 million).
    • Rail siding extension for Amtrak Cascade line ($2.6 million).
    • Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal Facility ($25 million).

Future Competitive Rounds

Because available funds must first go to the projects listed above, we do not anticipate that there will be funding available until towards the end 2021-23 biennium for a competitive Connect Oregon program. We will update the program’s website when ODOT is ready to launch a competitive program and/or if there are changes to the anticipated funding.

Administrative Rulemaking

To implement the changes from HB 2017 and HB 2592, ODOT convened a Rules Advisory Committee for the Connect Oregon Program. The Committee adopted a set of recommend rules which are anticipated to be finalized by the Oregon Transportation Commission in early 2020. A public hearing on the draft rules will be held on November 20, 2019 - for more information on the rule adoption schedule, follow the link for the RAC.

With the separation of bicycle/pedestrian projects into the Multimodal Active Transportation fund, new rules for this fund are also anticipated to be established in early 2020.

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:

 Cece Gilbert
Connect Oregon Program Manager


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Case Studies

Learn about a selection of successful projects from past rounds.

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