“The OTC also recognizes the need to balance highway needs with other modal needs.”
— From a statement released by ODOT today
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC), acting on behalf of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), has announced the application process and more details on how they’ll allocate their remainder of federal stimulus funds.
The OTC approved 31 projects totaling $122 million as part of their first phase of funding decisions. In Phase II, the OTC will have about $110 million to assign to transportation projects throughout the state.
In Phase I, the OTC decided to fund just one bike/ped project. However, the word on the street is that this second round is going to be more bike and pedestrian project friendly than the initial allocation. In the introduction to the application just sent out by ODOT is the following paragraph:
The OTC is committed to selecting projects that can be completed during the 2009 construction season and that generate immediate living-wage jobs for Oregonians. The OTC also recognizes the need to balance highway needs with other modal needs.
But, anyone with a bike/ped project they’d like to get funded has to act fast. Applications are due at ODOT by 5:00pm on March 9th. Two days later, the commission will hold a special meeting in Salem to allow testimony by applicants. On March 18th, the OTC will make their final decisions.
Taking a look at the application, I see that the following types of projects are eligible for this money:
4. Transportation Enhancement [often includes bike/ped projects]
6. Port Projects
And under the heading of “Criteria”, four main points are listed:
“Can the project be contracted for by June 17, 2009 in order to create jobs this summer?”
“Describe the number of jobs created, sustained, or saved. Identify the short-term and long-term economic benefits of the project.”
“Describe how the project benefits the transportation system in the State of Oregon. Describe how the project improves the efficiency and/or safety of the transportation system. Does it provide linkages within the transportation system?”
“If the project leverages other funds, identify the additional funds being leveraged and any other benefits associated with the combining of multiple funds.”
Now, let’s see if bike/ped projects do any better this time around (and, whether or not any transit projects make the list).