“These awards represent a culmination of hundreds if not thousands of cumulative hours of effort on the part of staff, our advisory committees, and local agency partners," Administrator Karyn Criswell said. “The rigor and thoughtfulness that our team and our partners bring to identifying and prioritizing needs, formulating project selection criteria that advance our mobility, social equity, safety, climate, and other goals, and carefully scoring and ranking applications is truly inspiring and frankly, just amazing."
The following is a breakdown of programs and total amounts approved:
- Oregon Community Paths Program: Commissioners approved 21 projects in this new program, ranging from the Belt Park Greenway Trail in Hermiston to the Berkeley Park Path in Eugene; $15.1 million.
- 2021-23 STIF Plans for Formula Funds: This includes approving 41 Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund plans, which will help counties, tribes, and transit districts improve their transportation options; $194,229,876.
- STIF Discretionary and Statewide Transit Network Fund programs: These approved projects from counties, tribes, and transit districts include things like adding signage, building shelters, purchasing buses, and more; $22,613,596.
- 5304 Statewide Transportation Planning Grant Program: These grants allow entities to develop and update transit and public transportation plans; $1,014,424.
The Oregon Community Paths Program is a new program dedicated to help plan and build off-road walking and biking paths. Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund programs help communities and regions offer options to driving a vehicle, reduce congestion, and lower greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.