Learn about the process for allocating regional flexible funds for transportation projects and programs in the region.
Metro manages the regional flexible fund program for which the Metro Council and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation select transportation programs and projects for federal flexible funds. Flexible funds, though they comprise only about 4 percent of the transportation investment in our region, attract considerable interest because they may be spent on a greater variety of transportation projects than can most federal transportation funds.
Regional flexible funds come from two different federal grant programs: the Surface Transportation Program and the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program. The regional flexible fund allocation process identifies which projects in the Regional Transportation Plan will receive funding. Regional flexible funds are allocated every two years.
Project and program applications may be nominated by jurisdictions, transportation or transit agencies within the metropolitan region. These funds can be spent on a number of different types of improvements, except local street construction. Also, projects must be listed in the Regional Transportation Plan or subsequently added if not already listed.
The Portland metropolitan region is preparing to prioritize transportation projects and program activities to receive $94.58 million in regional flexible funds available in the federal fiscal years 2016 through 2018. The approach to allocating these funds relies on collaboration to advance transportation investments that keep our neighborhoods safe, support economic vitality and make the most of the transportation system in place today.
The policy framework serves as the guide for how the region will approach allocation of the 2016-18 regional flexible funds. The 2035 Regional Transportation Plan established six regional outcomes – vibrant communities, economic prosperity, safe and reliable transportation, leadership on climate change, clean air and water, and equity – to direct investment decisions for the transportation system.
Additionally, for the 2016-18 regional flexible funds a more detailed policy direction was provided by the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) and the Metro Council.
The 2016-18 policy framework allocates the regional flexible funds in three steps.
Project and region-wide program applications were submitted by March 15, 2013. A list of nominated projects can be found below.
The public comment period on the applications for the 2016-18 regional flexible funds is set to begin in May 2013 and run through June 2013. Please check back at the website for further information regarding the public comment period.
During the 2016-2018 RFFA project solicitation process, Metro made available to the applicants and the general public a resource guide which comprised of demographic and transportation-related data. The high level data was compiled by Metro staff. The resource guide intended use is to help local and regional partners prioritize project to put forward in the RFFA competition and also provide general information about the region.
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