Almost everyone can point to an improvement they'd like to see on a roadway or street, a trail connection or sidewalk gap they'd like to see filled.
Every few years, Metro has an opportunity to work with residents, businesses and local governments to help make fixes like these around greater Portland.
Just like many of us benefit from transportation decisions made decades ago, decisions we make now will affect how future generations get around a growing region.
Regional flexible funds come from three federal grant programs: the Surface Transportation Program, the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program and the Transportation Alternatives Program. These programs allow greater discretion on how the monies are spent – hence the term “flexible” – which allows for greater focus on local priorities and innovative solutions to transportation challenges.
Most recent funding cycle
Thousands of people participated in the most recent regional flexible fund cycle, which distributed about $130 million expected in 2019-21 to make getting around greater Portland easier and safer.
On April 14, 2017, the Metro Council approved the final part of the allocation, acting on a recommendation of the Joint Policy Advisory Commitee on Transportation.
Based on what leaders heard from the public, careful technical analysis and local priorities, JPACT and the Metro Council distributed these funds to a wide range of projects:
- $63.4 million for investments in light rail and other high capacity transit
- $28.5 million for building housing near transit, planning in transit corridors, and programs that improve traffic flow and encourage people to walk, bike or take transit more often
- $25.8 million for projects that make walking, biking and accessing transit easier in greater Portland communities
- $7.3 milion for projects that help freight move more easily
- $3.8 million in bond sales to support $10 million to study congestion-relief projects and $2 million to develop walking and bikiing projects
- $1.5 million for Safe Routes to Schools programs
For more information on these projects, see below.