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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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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Bob Sherman, Sr. Transportation Planner

  • Telephone: 503 986-4226

  • Email:Robert.L.Sherman@odot.state.or.us

  • Website:

  • http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/FlexFunds.shtml