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ODOT Flexible Funds Program Overview. January 7, 2010. Context. The ODOT Flexible Funds Program is based on direction from the Oregon legislature to invest in non-highway transportation. In May, 2010, the Transportation Commission approved the program.

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context
Context
  • The ODOT Flexible Funds Program is based on direction from the Oregon legislature to invest in non-highway transportation.
  • In May, 2010, the Transportation Commission approved the program.
  • Additionally, the Commission directed staff to form a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, to be chaired by Commissioner Mary Olson.
  • The Advisory Committee was tasked with helping the Department develop program criteria.
program purpose
Program Purpose
  • Support sustainable non-highway projects that positively impact:
    • Modal Connectivity
    • The Environment
    • Mobility and Access
    • Livability
    • Energy Use
    • Overall Operation of the Transportation System.
key program characteristics
Key Program Characteristics
  • Focus Areas: Transit, Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transportation Demand Management (TDM); related planning, research and project development.
  • Funding: $21 million in FHWA Surface Transportation Funds (STP) were available during the recently completed funding cycle.
  • Eligible Applicants: Government entities eligible to receive STP funds.
  • Project Size: Minimum $50,000 (Federal Share); Maximum $2.1 million (Federal Share).
  • Match Requirement: 10.27% local contribution.
background
Background
  • In August, the Commission approved criteria recommended to them by the Advisory Committee.
  • An application process for the Flexible Funds Program was initiated by staff in September, 2010.
  • Applications were due to ODOT in November, 2010.
  • 115 requests for funding were received for Transit, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Bicycle and Pedestrian projects.
background continued
Background - continued
  • Over $83 million in funding was requested for the $21 million in available federal funds from the Surface Transportation Program.
  • Projects were evaluated by an ODOT Internal Review Committee.
  • Evaluations were based on the criteria developed with the assistance of the Advisory Committee and approved by the Commission.
  • The Transportation Commission will consider the recommended package of projects at their January, 2011 meeting.
program criteria
Program Criteria

The Criteria focused on several key themes:

  • Connectivity, integration and benefit to the (transportation) system.
  • Sustainability.
  • Mobility, access and health.
additional considerations
Additional Considerations
  • Applicants were also asked to identify:
    • Project benefits and costs.
    • Timelines.
    • Local support.
    • Planning.
    • Availability of matching funds.
next steps
Next Steps
  • Reconvene the Flexible Funds Advisory Committee.
  • Assess how well the Program worked during the first application cycle.
  • Identify lessons learned.
  • Update/revise the application process and program criteria as needed.
  • Prepare for the next round of funding, pending direction from the Transportation Commission.
questions
Questions?
  • Bob Sherman, Sr. Transportation Planner
  • Telephone: 503 986-4226
  • Email:[email protected]
  • Website:
  • http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/FlexFunds.shtml
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