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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 – Connect Oregon 2021

The Department launched a competitive application cycle in fall 2021 which will culminate in project selection by the Oregon Transportation Commission in May 2022. Key details about the size and scope of the program:

  • Approximately $46 million was made 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).
  • 49 projects totaling $126 million in requested funds were deemed eligible for review.

Oregon Transportation Commission

The culmination of staff review, modal committee and Area Commissions on Transportation, and the Final Review Committee were passed along to the Oregon Transportation Commission for their consideration at their May 2022 meeting. 

Final Review Committee Meeting

This meeting was held virtually on April 6 and April 7, 2022. If you wish to see the recording, please contact ODOT staff listed in the sidebar. The Final Review Committee consisted of a diverse group of transportation experts from around the state to review, discuss and recommend projects for funding. At the conclusion of the second day of meetings, the Final Review Committee came to an agreement on which projects to recommend that the OTC fund.


Applications

All applications are available to view. You may download this summary of applications, or you may email the program manager John Boren or the web coordinator Rachael Levasseur to access the applications.

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:
Email John Boren
Freight Program Manager
Telephone 503-986-3703

For grants awarded or projects underway:

Email Cece Gilbert
Connect Oregon Program Manager
Telephone 503-986-3528

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Case Studies

Learn about a selection of successful projects from past rounds.