Help decide which bike, pedestrian, transit, road and freight projects to fund in your area. Through the Regional Flexible Funds program, Metro and cities across the Portland metropolitan area are working to select from 29 proposed projects.
Read about the proposed projects.
Help Metro and cities across the Portland metropolitan area select proposed bike, pedestrian and freight projects as part of the Regional Flexible Funds program. These proposed projects are located in all three area counties – some provide local improvements and some provide benefit to the whole Metro region. The comment period ended on June 7, 2013. The Metro Council and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) will consider public comments as they select the projects to receive funding.
The feedback received on each project is documented in a public comment report and provided to the cities and counties that nominated projects. Your input helps identify which of the nominated projects best meet community and business needs as part of the selection process. Projects will be selected for funding by JPACT and the Metro Council in October after the cities and counties have had a chance to consider and respond to community feedback. To read a summary of the comments received, download the 2016-18 Regional Flexible Fund Public Comment report. Download
The Regional Flexible Funds program includes funds from three federal programs, and is allocated every two to three years. The program has helped pay for some of the most innovative, cost effective transportation facilities in the region. During the current three-year cycle, the flexible funds program has approximately $94.58 million available for area projects. Flexible funds can be spent in a greater variety of ways than most transportation dollars. For example, the program has been crucial to construction of regional trails such as the Springwater Corridor in Multnomah County, the Trolley Trail in Clackamas County and the Westside Powerline Trail in Washington County. The program also funded many needed improvements on major roads across the region, including the freight bottlenecks of 82nd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard interchange, and the Lombard Avenue Bridge over the Columbia Slough in the Rivergate Industrial area.
Metro decides how to allocate the funds according to policies established by the Metro Council and JPACT. A final decision on which projects to fund will occur this fall.
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is Oregon's four-year transportation capital improvement program. It identifies and schedules development of transportation projects and programs across the state including:
The proposed projects generally fall into three categories: local projects, projects that benefit the entire region, and projects that help the economy. You can read about all of the proposed projects below.
The selection process for the local Regional Flexible Funds projects is now more collaborative than ever before. Instead of requesting competitive applications from cities across the region, Metro asked local governments to nominate projects collectively from Clackamas, East Multnomah and Washington counties as well as the City of Portland. The nominated projects represent local priorities for transportation funding in the areas of active transportation and freight and are projects that have been designed to meet the flexible funds criteria developed by a special task force of community stakeholders.
A series of programs that improve transportation options in the entire region are being considered for funding. These programs are generally ongoing and take on topics that are much more efficient to manage at the regional level such as light rail planning, providing alternatives to driving alone, improving mobility and efficiency of the existing road system, and helping finance buildings where people can live, work and shop that are accessible by foot, bike and transit. The programs are listed below.
For the first time, JPACT approved a $34 million fund to implement projects which advance the region’s economic competitiveness. Identified as the Regional Economic Opportunity Fund, the fund was created to respond to the needs of cities and counties to implement large scale projects ($5-$10 million) that are difficult to fund at the local level. Local agencies nominated a list of projects from across the region with recommended funding amounts. The projects are listed below.
Download the PDFs below for more information on each project.
The sub-regional coordinating committees (Clackamas, East Multnomah and Washington) and the City of Portland have made final recommendations of the projects to award 2016-18 regional flexible funds. These recommendations will be presented to the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation and the Metro Council in October 2013 for final approval. See below for the recommended project lists from the sub-regions.
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