Pamplin Media Group – Online forum planned for federal transport money

The state agency will explain where the money will go, solicit public comments on how it should be spent under the new law.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a dual purpose public forum to explain the recent $ 1.2 billion in federal funds Oregon will secure for transportation over the next five years – and to accept comments on the how the money should be spent.

The forum is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7. See the bottom of this story for how to login to the forum.

Congress has clarified how much of the $ 1.2 billion will be spent on various programs. But the Oregon Transportation Commission will need to make decisions on how to spend an estimated $ 400 million in flexible funds to advance statewide Transportation Improvement Program projects, a list of. four years and the strategic plan of the transport agency. Some of these decisions need to be made by early 2022.

Oregon’s largest transit agencies, including TriMet in the Portland metro area, will separately receive $ 200 million of a total of $ 1.2 billion.

The commission received a briefing from agency staff on November 18.

ODOT officials will present information on the legislation, which President Joe Biden signed on November 15. They want to hear public comments on how the commission should spend the flexible funds and specific priorities for public and active transport. These are defined as cycle and pedestrian paths.

People who cannot attend the live forum but wish to leave comments should go here:

People who want to comment during the meeting should send an email This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance. Each person will have three minutes on a first come, first served basis.

By phone: 253-215-8782, webinar number 832 9042 8672.

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