Investing in state transportation
In mid-December, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) made final decisions regarding the allocation of federal transportation dollars to broad spending categories for the 2021-24 State Transportation Investment Plan. The OTC ultimately approved a package that moved about $100 million from Enhance (new capacity projects) to Fix-It (maintenance and preservation projects) with the caveat that any federal money (up to $60 million) that comes in over ODOT’s projected revenue for the said STIP cycle would be earmarked for Enhance. The Alliance sent a letter in support of maintaining more funding for Enhance, emphasizing the importance of addressing congestion in the Portland-metro area and referencing recent Alliance-commissioned polling that identified congestion as the top transportation issue in Portland, including the 2014 Value of Jobs Cost of Congestion study. Read the letter.