Regional flexible funds for the 2016-18 funding cycle
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Regional flexible funding
› 2016-18 funding cycle
Find out about the bike, pedestrian, transit, road and freight projects being funded through the regional flexible funds program.
Metro and cities across the Portland metropolitan area have selected bike, pedestrian and freight projects to receive funding through the regional flexible funds program. These projects are located in all three area counties – some provide local improvements and some provide benefit to the whole Metro region.
Public comments helped shape the decision
The public comment period on the applications for the 2016-18 regional flexible funds was May 8 through June 7, 2013. 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 helped identify which of the nominated projects best meet community and business needs as part of the selection process. Download the 2016-18 Regional Flexible Fund public comment report
2016-18 regional flexible funds allocation
The sub-regional coordinating committees (Clackamas, East Multnomah and Washington) and the City of Portland made final recommendations of the projects to award 2016-18 regional flexible funds.
Based on these recommendations, the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation and the Metro Council allocated $142.58 million in funds to 28 projects, programs and planning efforts for the 2016-18 funding cycle.
Download the list of projects recommended for funding
Download the Metro Council resolution allocating funding (6M)
The funded projects generally fall into three categories: local projects, projects that benefit the entire region and projects that help the economy.
1. Local projects
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.
2. Region-wide programs
These programs that improve transportation options in the entire region 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.
3. Regional economic priorities
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.
- East Portland Access to Employment and Education Multimodal Project: The project will build and improve sidewalks, crossings, bus stops, bike facilities and other safety facilities in East Portland from I‐205 east to 174th Avenue, south of I‐84 to Southeast Foster Road.
- OR 99W, Southwest 19th Avenue to 26th Way (Portland) Barbur Boulevard Demonstration Project: The project will make minor enhancements to existing signalized intersections and provide two new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists along SW Barbur Boulevard.
- Portland central city multimodal safety improvements: The project will develop a strategy that identifies multimodal safety projects and prioritizes investments in the Portland central city.
- South Rivergate Freight Project: The project will develop a circulation strategy and begin preliminary engineering and construction of freight improvements throughout the South Rivergate district in Portland.
- Southwest in Motion (SWIM): The project will develop a 5‐year active transportation implementation strategy for all of Southwest Portland.
- Sandy Boulevard, Northeast 181st Avenue to East Gresham city limits: The project will construct multimodal and freight access and mobility facilities along Sandy Boulevard between 181st Avenue and east Gresham city limits.
- Northeast 238th Drive, Halsey Street to Glisan Street Freight and Multimodal Project The project will design improvements to reduce the curvature of the road to allow for improved truck turning and bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Northeast 238th Drive between Halsey and Glisan streets in East Multnomah County.
- Troutdale Industrial Access Project: The project will reconstruct and widen Graham Road and extend Swigert Way to provide a looped connection to Graham Road.
- Foster Road, Southeast Powell Boulevard to 90th Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle/Safety Project phase 2: The project will construct pedestrian, bicycle and transit access improvements along Southeast Foster Road, from Powell Boulevard to 90th Avenue.
- North Going Street to the Island Freight Project: The project will improve the safety and efficiency of the North Going Street corridor by implementing several intelligent transportation system (ITS) treatments.
- Canyon Road Streetscape and Safety Project: The project will design and construct intersection and crossing facilities as well as a short bike connection to regional bike routes along Canyon Road (OR 8) between Southwest 117th and Hocken avenues.
- US 26/Brookwood Parkway Interchange Industrial Area Access Project: The project will construct three new roadways: Huffman Road (from Brookwood Parkway to Sewell Road), 253rd Avenue (from Evergreen Road to Meek Road) and 264th Avenue (from Evergreen Road to Meek Road).
- Beaver Creek Trail Crescent Connection, Westside Trail to Southwest Hocken Avenue: The project will design and construct a 1.4-mile multiuse off-street trail along the TriMet light rail corridor between the Westside Regional Trail and Southwest Hocken Avenue in Beaverton.
- Fanno Creek Trail, Woodard Park to Bonita Road and 85th Avenue to Tualatin River Bridge: This project will construct four sections of the Fanno Creek Trail from Woodward Park to Bonita Road and 85th Avenue to Tualatin River Bridge in Tigard.
- Pedestrian arterial crossings: The project will look at specific roadway segments to enhance existing and create new designated arterial crossings along Walker Road (Murray Boulevard to Cedar Hills Boulevard), Baseline Road (Cornelius Pass Road to 185th Avenue), Cornell Road (Aloclek Drive to John Olson Avenue), 185th Avenue (Baseline Road to Alexander Street), and 170th Avenue (Merlo Road to Farmington Road).
- Tonquin Road/Grahams Ferry Road Intersection Project: The project will reconstruct the intersection and approaches of Tonquin Road and Grahams Ferry Road in unincorporated Washington County between Tualatin and Wilsonville.
- Regional planning
- Transit-Oriented Development Program
- Transportation System Management & Operations Program
- Regional Travel Options Program
- Corridor and systems planning