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Tonight (or online): Tell Metro where to spend $28 million in federal funds

Posted by on October 30th, 2008 at 10:26 am

Imagine the Willamette Greenway
Trail extending the Esplanade
to St. Johns.
(Photo: Scott Mizee/npGreenway)

It’s that time of year again when Metro seeks your comments on how they should spend millions of dollars in federal funds through their regional flexible funding program (also known as MTIP, the Metropolitian Transportation Improvement Program).

A key part of that process is gathering public comment so decision makers at Metro can make the most informed choices on how to spend $21.6 million. Sounds like a lot of money right? Well, the rub is that Metro has received applications for projects totaling $57.8 million — so that means they need your help to whittle down the list (JPACT, a Metro advisory committee has thankfully set a minimum of $7.2 million that must be spent on bike/ped projects).

Among the projects on the potential funding list are several drool-worthy trails and bikeway improvements including $500,000 to fund a comprehensive planning study of the Willamette Greenway Trail and $2.3 million to develop the Twenties Bikeway project.

NPGreenway is the non-profit group who’s been pushing for the Willamette Greenway Trail for nearly three years. One of the group’s leaders, Scott Mizee, says they realize the $500,000 won’t build their trail but he adds that the money, “would be key in moving the trail forward.”

There are several other very exciting bike trail projects in this round of applications. The BTA has a full write-up on their blog about what’s at stake and pointers on how to comment.

Tonight, Metro holds their final “Listening Post” event, where you can learn about the projects and give feedback directly to Metro representatives:

    MTIP Listening Post
    Thursday, Oct. 30th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
    Metro Regional Center, Council Chamber
    600 NE Grand Ave., Portland

You can also comment on each individual project online by going here and then clicking a specific project. The comment deadline is December 1, 2008.

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  • Adam Robins October 30, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Getting funding for the Willamette Greenway Trail should be a priority for the allocation of MTIP funding.

    Imagine a connection from the St. Johns Bridge the the Eastbank Esplanade along the water, connecting neighborhoods and employment centers and providing important opportunities for exercise and important connections with the environment.

    If this sounds good, please make your voice heard in this round of MTIP funding, and please support the Willamette Greenway Trail.

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  • red hippie October 30, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I concur

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  • Jeremy October 30, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I say extend the floating dock part of the Esplanade out to Sauvie Island! Make it the longest floating dock bike path ever.

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  • zilfondel October 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I want SE 28th fixed. We need cycle facilities – probably bike lanes – along this street. And bike corral parking on the sidestreets, like on Belmont and Mississippi.

    The intersections are particularly gnarly, as there is just NO room to pass on the right. They need to axe the parking near intersections and put in bike boxes from Stark to Broadway along SE 28th.

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  • Bdan October 31, 2008 at 11:12 am

    We need trails and bike lanes. I agree the Greenway trail would be great, but fixing SE 28th, NE/SE 21st/20th, 7 corners, and also SE Sandy/12th should be priorities for safety.

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