"It is unacceptable to the BTA to consider overturning our current policy... The Port [of Portland]... wants this money for highway/road projects. Now is the time to say no."
— Gerik Kransky, BTA
A funding fight is brewing at Metro over how the regional planning agency should allocate nearly $38 million in federal funds. Unlike the vast majority of transportation funds fought over by various regional interest groups, these funds are "flexible," meaning they can be spent on nearly any type of project. With scarce dollars in play these days, the competition to snag them is intense.
The $37.78 on the table at Metro is a portion of $147 million in "regional flexible funds" they will dole out through the federal government's Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) for the years of 2016 - 2018.