2018 call for projects summary
The 2018 RTP's call for projects is a major step in determining the region's priority projects to achieve our vision and goals for the regional transportation system by 2040. Metro's call for projects ended on July 21st. Here's a summary of what we received.
Refining regional transportation priorities
Throughout the summer, Metro and its regional partners will begin updating the region’s transportation investment priorities. The information below is to assist project sponsors as they prepare for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan call for projects. While the call for projects is not a decision-making milestone for JPACT and the Metro Council, it is a step in determining the region’s priority projects to achieve our vision and goals for the regional transportation system by 2040. The projects will undergo evaluation through the fall.
Much has changed in the region since adoption of the Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Active Transportation Plan in 2014:
- Several projects have been completed (e.g., Sellwood Bridge replacement, Portland-Milwaukie MAX extension, and the Sunrise expressway was built, among others).
- The Metro Council and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation adopted an ambitious strategy – called the Climate Smart Strategy – for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that calls for a significant expansion of transit service throughout the greater Portland region.
- Earlier this year, the Metro Council and JPACT committed funding to advance planning work for three highway bottlenecks (I-5 near the Rose Quarter in Portland, OR 217 in Washington County and I-205 in Clackamas County); two major transit projects (Southwest Corridor and Division Transit); and active transportation projects that will be selected across the region.
- The federal and state transportation-funding landscape has continued to change, requiring the region to play a more active role in funding and financing priority regional projects.
This call for projects asked regional partners to submit priority project lists for the 2018 RTP for the period 2018 to 2040 that:
- update the current constrained priority projects that address the highest public priorities and most immediate regional transportation challenges.
This list of projects will include projects for which funding has been committed and projects that can be implemented with funding the region currently expects to have available.
- identify additional strategic priority projects that the region should work together to develop funding for and construct.
This list of projects includes priorities for which funding is not currently anticipated.
Who submits projects or programs to the RTP?
- the 24 cities of the Portland metropolitan region
- Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties
- South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART)
- Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
- Port of Portland
- Portland Streetcar, Inc.
- transportation management associations
- parks and school districts
- railroad operators
How will project submittals be recommended?
All of the project priorities submitted to the RTP come from local, regional or state planning efforts that included opportunities for public input. Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties and cities within each county will recommend priority projects for their jurisdictions at county coordinating committees. ODOT, the Port of Portland, TriMet, SMART and other agencies will work with county coordinating committees and the City of Portland to recommend priority projects. The City of Portland will recommend projects after reviewing priorities with its community advisory committees – the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Freight advisory committees and the Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee. These meetings are open to the public.
|June 1 to July 21
||Local, regional and state agencies update project priorities in a series of meetings.
||Agencies submit updated draft project lists and information needed to support the evaluation and refinement process.
|July to December
||Initial technical evaluation of draft project priorities completed and key findings prepared.
|July 21 to Aug. 25
||Agencies submit project list endorsements and pilot project evaluation.
||The public are asked to comment on draft project lists and key findings.
|February to April
||Regional decision-makers discuss evaluation findings, updated policies and funding information, and public input and provide direction to agencies on additional refinements to project priorities.
|March to April
||Cities and counties work with other agencies through coordinating committees to recommend additional refinements to project priorities by April 29.
|May to June
||Technical evaluation of revised draft project priorities completed and findings updated.
When can the public weigh in?
Throughout the development of the Regional Transportation Plan, Metro conducts online surveys and other outreach efforts. Several opportunities for public input on goals, transportation needs, challenges and investment priorities have already been provided.
- In January 2018, Metro will ask for your thoughts on a draft project list and initial findings on how the system would perform with those improvements in place.
- The public input received in January along with the technical findings and policy discussions by the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and the Metro Council will result in additional direction to staff on further updating the draft project list.
- In summer 2018, Metro will ask for your thoughts on the discussion drafts of the Regional Transportation Plan , the revised project list and supporting strategies for safety, freight and transit.
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