In June 2016, the Metro Council approved the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation's policy direction for the 2019-2021 regional flexible funds allocation. Learn more
Project funding opportunity open
Metro is seeking project proposals from interested jurisdictions and agencies throughout the Portland metropolitan region for specific transportation projects.
$33.15 million is available for these projects in two categories:
- $25.81 million for active transportation/complete streets projects that make it safer and easier for people to walk, ride bicycles or get to transit.
- $7.34 million for regional freight investments, projects that improve access to freight hubs and industrial areas and improve safety on freight routes.
Future funding opportunities
This project solicitation is for part of the total $130 million 2019-2021 regional flexible fund allocation. Other parts will have separate processes to allocate funding in the future. These include:
- Regional Travel Options grants
- Transportation System Management and Operations grants
- Transit-Oriented Development Program funds
- Safe Routes to School program
- Project development funds from bond proceeds
Who can apply
The 25 cities and three counties of the Portland metropolitan area, along with transit agencies, parks and recreation districts, the Port of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation are eligible to apply for funds to support projects in their jurisdictions.
Summer 2016: Eligible agencies compete and submit project applications for the two funding categories.
August 26, 2016: Applications due to Metro.
Summer 2016: A work group of Metro staff and regional partners conducts a technical evaluation of project proposals based on how completely they meet selection criteria. Metro staff and the Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee (TPAC) prepare recommendations for the project funding decision. The work group prepares a list of project scores for public comment.
October 2016: The public has an opportunity to weigh in on projects being considered for funding.
Fall 2016-Winter 2017: JPACT and the Metro Council consider the technical evaluation, public comment and jurisdictional input to recommend and adopt a final project list for funding.
2019: Federal funds become available to agencies for spending on project construction.
A more detailed timeline is available in the application packet below.
How the public can weigh in
Public input was essential to shaping the policy direction for this funding allocation.The public will next have an opportunity to comment on projects being considered for funding in October 2016.