Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Oregon's Springwater Corridor | Photo by TrailLink user dabiker

Funding History

Distribution of Programmed TE & TA Funds by Category
Cumulative FY 1992 Through FY 2018

Chart Legend

Combined TE/TA Funds by Fiscal Year
— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded

For help with this chart please see the TE Primer.
View all funded projects in Oregon.

State DOT Program Staff

State DOT TA Coordinator
Art James
OIPP Program Manager
Oregon Dept. of Transportation
555 13th Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4178
Tel: 503-986-3858
Email: art.james@odot.or.us

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Chris Woods
Planning and Program Development Team Leader
FHWA Oregon Division Office
The Equitable Center Suite 420
Salem, OR 97301
Tel: 503-587-4703
Fax: 503-399-5838
Email: chris.woods@dot.gov

State DOT Website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/LGS/enhancement.shtml

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: The program is run through a state-level TE Office. The state uses a mix of competitive and non-competitive selection processes. Funds are administered by the state TE Office. Individual projects are managed by Local Programs staff in each of the five admininstrative regions. For each selection cycle, at least one project is awarded to each of the DOT's five administrative regions.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Municipality, County, State agency, Tribe, Military, University, or any tax-funded public agency such as a special district or MPO.
  • Application information: Potential applicants must submit a Notice of Intent that includes a project data summary page, map, and a project description (up to one page). The Notice of Intent and application forms are available online and in print. The TE Office offers application training at multiple sites in the state and to individuals upon request.
  • Application timeline: In April 2012, TE Program did a joint call-for-projects with Oregon's Bicycle & Pedestrian Program. Project selection is on-going through Jan. 2013. Next cycle is not yet determined. TE will probably be folded into statewide multi-modal project selection in 2013.
  • Application components: Project narrative, budget, design specifications, documented coordination with railroad (where applicable), a vicinity map, cross-section or site plan, confirmation letters from partners or contributors, and city council or county commission resolution.
  • Selection criteria: The state considers applications for all 12 TE categories. Selection criteria for 2012 include: Legacy Benefit (includes lasting value, appropriate and cost-effective use of funds); System Benefit (including relation to existing system, inter-modal benefit, connectivity, safety); Community Benefit (includes economic, environmental, employment, safety and livability factors); User Benefit (includes daily use, segments of population served, expanded transportation choices, improvement over current conditions); Importance and Need (includes local priority, relationship to adopted plans and policies, urgency and need). Technical merit, readiness, applicant's past performance, and public comment will also be strongly considered in the selection process.
  • Application tips: The TE program funds project design, engineering, construction and right-of-way acquisition. The TE Office urges applicants to make sure the project is a good fit for the TE program. To improve chances of selection, applicants should write clear, concise answers, provide a good map with the critical dimensions clearly shown, and include an itemized costs estimate. Chances of selection also increase if the confirmed local match exceeds 15%.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes, but the committee serves in an advisory capacity only. The state Transportation Commission makes the final decisions on project selection and major policy changes; TE Office has the authority to make interim decisions on individual projects.
  • Advisory committee members: The committee is composed of 10 members, all appointed by the DOT Director. The members include 4 DOT staff (including the TE Program Manager), 4 local government members nominated by city/county associations, 2 citizens-at-large.
  • Project award minimum: $200,000, with some exceptions.
  • Project award maximum: No set maximum, but likely maximum is $1.5 million.
  • Typical local match: 10.27% minimum, with half of applicants offering less than 12% match, but 15% offering 30% match or more.
  • Matching policies: The state does accept in-kind match. Applicants must get prior approval from the DOT Highway Finance Office and the FHWA Division Office to get credit for in-kind match.
  • Once your project is funded: The state does not provide training for TE projects specifically, but for federal-aid agency projects in general. Topics covered include project scoping, environmental requirements, right-of-way and utility procedures, and consultant selection. The written guidelines for project implementation are available at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/LGS/Certification.shtml#LAG_Manual