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  1. Statewide Local Agency Project Delivery Conference • SAFETEA-LU: Earmarks and Federal Programs Relating to Local Agencies • Travis Brouwer • ODOT Federal Affairs Advisor • May 3, 2006

  2. Overview • SAFETEA-LU Funding and Program Structure • SAFETEA-LU Earmarks • Federal “Discretionary” Programs • State Programs with Local Components

  3. SAFETEA-LU • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users • Funds highway, safety, transit, motor carrier, rail, research from 2005-2009 • Significantly increases funding for surface transportation

  4. Oregon fares well under SAFETEA-LU

  5. Types of Federal Programs • Core Programs • SAFETEA-LU Earmarks • Annual Appropriations Earmarks • Federal Discretionary • State Programs With Local Components All types have at least some local components.

  6. Federal Core Programs • Most federal highway funding provided • to states under “core” formula programs • Surface Transportation Program* • National Highway System • Highway Bridge* • Interstate Maintenance • Highway Safety Improvement Program* • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)* • Equity Bonus* • *Indicates program with local component

  7. SAFETEA-LU Earmarks • SAFETEA-LU set records for earmarks • 6400 earmarks totaling $23 billion • Amounts to 8% of total funding

  8. SAFETEA-LU Earmarks • Oregon will receive $532 million in earmarks on the highway side • $200 million for Oregon bridges • $327 million in High Priority Projects and Transportation Improvements • HPP/TI funding comes out of federal formula funds

  9. High Priority Projects/Transportation Improvements:Breakdown by Project Sponsor

  10. High Priority Projects/Transportation Improvements:Program Characteristics Match: 10.27% of project total Project Sponsor Must Supply Matching Funds HPP funding available 20% each federal Fiscal Year 2005-2009 TI funding available 10% in ‘05, 20% in ‘06, 25% in ‘07, 25% for ‘08 and 20% for ’09 Funds are subject to the annual obligation limitation Projects can be transferred to other federal agencies for administration

  11. High Priority Projects/Transportation Improvements:Local Project Sponsor Expectations • Project sponsors are expected to . . . • Provide matching funds • Make up any funding shortfall • Sign Intergovernmental Agreement with ODOT before spending money • Comply with all federal laws and regulations • Deliver the project

  12. High Priority Projects/Transportation Improvements: ODOT Responsibilities ODOT is responsible for . . . • Administering HPP/TI funds • Ensuring that project sponsors follow all federal laws and regulations • Ensuring that projects are delivered

  13. Annual Appropriations Programs • SAFETEA-LU reduces sources of annual appropriations bill earmarks • Interstate Maintenance • Transportation, Systems, and Community Preservation Program (TCSP) • Public Lands Highways • General Provision/Surface Transportation Projects earmarks

  14. Federal Discretionary Programs • US DOT now has very few true discretionary programs • Emergency Relief • Highways for LIFE • Scenic Byways • Covered Bridges • Value Pricing Pilot Program • Truck Parking Facilities

  15. Programs With Local Components • Surface Transportation Program • Highway Bridge • CMAQ • Planning • Forest Highways • Rail-Highway Grade Crossings • High Risk Rural Roads • Safe Routes to Schools • Transportation Enhancements • Recreational Trails

  16. Surface Transportation Program • Core program apportioned to each state by formula • Most flexible federal formula program • ODOT distributes $43 million annually to cities, counties, and transportation management areas

  17. Highway Bridge • Funds replacement or rehabilitation of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges • Funds state bridges as well as local bridges, both on and off system • Local Agency Bridge Selection Committee (LABSC) within ODOT selects projects

  18. High Risk Rural Roads • Funded under the Highway Safety Improvement Program • Oregon will receive $1.3 million annually to fix rural roads with high crash rates • Local governments will be eligible for funding

  19. Safe Routes to School • Designed to encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bicycle to school • Oregon will receive $1.4 million annually • Funding can be used for infrastructure projects as well as education/behavioral programs • ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division will administer

  20. Rail-Highway Grade Crossings • Provides funding to make improvements to highway-rail grade crossings to eliminate safety hazards • Oregon receives $3.1 million annually • ODOT Rail Division administers funds • Local governments are eligible for funding

  21. Forest Highways • Provides funding for improvements to state and county roads on or providing access to Forest Service lands • Funds are distributed by FHWA; ODOT helps determine project funding • County roads are eligible for funding

  22. Transportation Enhancements • Funds non-highway transportation projects, including bicycle/pedestrian facilities, historic preservation, landscaping and scenic beautification, environmental mitigation • Local governments eligible for funding under competitive grant program • Competitive program provides $3.8 million for fiscal years 2006-2007, and $6.5 million per year for FY 2008-11

  23. Contact Information • Travis Brouwer • ODOT Federal Affairs Advisor • (503) 986-3448 • Travis.brouwer@odot.state.or.us