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History- The Fund is part of what is known asthe ConnectOregon program,providing grants and loans to non-highway transportation projects thatpromote economic development inOregon.- 2005 Oregon Legislature createdthe Multimodal TransportationFund to invest in air, marine,rail, and public transitinfrastructure improvements.
History- Grants and loans may not be made fortransportation projects that could constitutionallybe funded by revenues described in section 3a,Article IX of the Oregon Constitution. (Highwayprojects)
Each round of ConnectOregon approvedseparately by the Oregon Legislature.History
Selection Considerationse. Project is ready forconstructiona. Project reduces transportation costs Oregon businesses orimproves access to jobs and sources of laborb. Project results in an economic benefit to the state.c. Project is a critical link connecting elements of Oregon’stransportation system that will measurably improveutilization and efficiency of the systemd. How much of the costof a proposed transportationproject can beborne by the applicant.
Applications- Solicit information that addresses 5 statutoryconsideration.- Allow broad cross-section of applicants to applywithout requiring involvement of consultant orextensive data gathering.- Involved participation of modal, economic,regional, and technical staff.- Allowed staff to assign a tier score to each projectfor subsequent reviewer consideration.
Staff Review- Eligibility and completeness:Program staff- Feasibility: Rail, marine,aviation and transit staff- Economic Benefits: ODOTeconomist and OregonBusiness DevelopmentDepartment staff- Projects assigned tiers basedon ability to meet legislativeconsiderations.
Staff ReviewTier 1 – The application demonstrates the project meets allfive considerations thoroughly.Tier 2 – The application demonstrates the project meetsmost considerations thoroughly.Tier 3 – The application demonstrates the project meetssome considerations thoroughly.Tier 4 – The application fails to demonstrate the projectmeets any of the considerations thoroughly.To thoroughly meet a consideration, projects need todemonstrate through application responses, and throughindependent verification, that the project would accomplish theintent.Tiering
- 5 modal committeesAviation, Marine, Rail, Transit, Freight- 5 regional committeesODOT’s administrative regions- 1 Final Review CommitteeRepresentatives of each modal andregional committee- Final approval by Oregon TransportationCommissionReview Committees
Port of Portland: Post-Panamax CraneConstruct a Post-Panamax Container Crane atTerminal 6 of the port’s marine facilities. Terminal 6is vital to Oregon’s transportation system in that it isOregon’s only international container terminal.Installation of the crane allowed for faster loadingand unloading of vessels at the facility.Reduces transportation costsfor Oregon businessesBenefits
BenefitsRogue Valley International-Medford AirportThe projects improved freight, logistical support, utility,security and accessory infrastructure to support smallparcel freight deliveries, as well as, constructed a year-round regional transit hub to connect surface andaeronautical modes.Economic benefits
City of Portland: PortlandStreetcar Lowell ExtensionProjectConnectOregon monies helpedfund the design and constructionof rail-related facilities needed toextend streetcar service intoPortland’s South WaterfrontDistrict.Improves access to jobs and sources of laborBenefits
City of Prineville: Railroad/Freight DepotThe City of Prineville used ConnectOregon funds toprovide a rail link for area businesses that enabled railaccess to national and international markets with a linkto Oregon’s Class I railroads. The Prineville FreightDepot is a multi-modal trans-load, warehouse anddistribution center offering truck to rail, rail to truck, railto rail and truck to truck services.Critical transportationlinkagesBenefits
Program has evolved over the course of 4funding cycles:- Increased active management of projects.- reporting requirements for performanceachievement.- Enhanced utilization and effectivenessreporting requirements- Improved communicationsLessons learned
Chris CummingsInterim Freight Planning Program ManagerOregon Department of TransportationChristopher.email@example.com://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/Pages/Freight.aspx503-986-3703