Unfortunately, the list is full of old-school projects looking hungrily at a new-school pot of funding.
The TIGER program was originally part of the "stimulus" package of 2009. With buzzwords like "sustainability," "multi-modal," and "innovation," the program was intended to spur funding and construction of new-school projects for the 21st century.
According to Transportation for America, four Oregon projects have been funded in previous rounds:
SW Moody in Portland
SW Moody Avenue will be reconstructed in the South Waterfront area, elevating the roadway by 14 feet to cap contaminated soils. It will include three traffic lanes, dual streetcar tracks and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. $23,203,988EV Corridor along I-5
This project will provide Direct Current Fast Charge Stations for the length of the I-5 corridor in Oregon with gaps not exceeding 50 miles, with a goal of deploying 42 sites. $2,000,000Coos Bay Rail Line
This will rehabilitate the track structure of the 133-mile Coos Bay Rail Link, which closed in 2007 as a result of deferred maintenance. $13,573,133Sellwood Bridge completion funding
[T]he final piece of funding for the complete replacement of the Sellwood Bridge. $17,700,000SKATS is discussing six local possibilities to advance for consideration:
- McGilchrist Street: ~ $19.5 mil
- Verda Lane: Combine three projects ~$10.3 mil
- Kuebler Blvd: I‐5 – Turner Rd: $18.2 mil
- Gaffin Rd and Cordon Road: ~$12.3 mil
- Cordon @ OR 22E: ~$31.6 mil
- OR 22W @ OR 51 [Expressway Management Plan recommended projects]: ~$29.5 mil (2007 dollars)
But these projects aren't really multi-modal in the way most of the funded projects are. Here are the official primary criteria for grants:
The Department will give priority to projects that have a significant impact on desirable long-term outcomes for the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. The following:The local projects are of a pretty traditional type - 20th century, not 21st century - auto capacity increases and road widening. They do not score highly on livability and sustainability. As old-school projects that have hung around on the edges of wish-lists for a while now, they're not easy to get excited about.
- State of Good Repair: Improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, with particular emphasis on projects that minimize life-cycle costs.
- Economic Competitiveness: Contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United States over the medium- to long-term.
- Livability: Fostering livable communities through place-based policies and investments that increase transportation choices and access to transportation services for people in communities across the United States.
- Environmental Sustainability: Improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and benefitting the environment.
- Safety: Improving the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and systems.
Both the funded SW Moody and Sellwood Bridge projects represent substantial commitments to transit, walking, and biking, and exceed minimum standards of circa 1980 bike lanes and sidewalk treatments of the sort Salem has generally proposed.
A stronger project for a TIGER application might include cycle tracks, for example, and the downtown mobility study could generate a proposal that more strongly meets the Economy, Livability, Sustainability, and Safety criteria. By delivering more people downtown in non-auto trips, it also contributes to a greater life-cycle for the roads.
|McGilchrist and the SSA Office Fiasco|
But presumably with the SSA fiasco, it would also have significant congressional support.
At this point SKATS is still discussing, and they aren't formally putting out a list for public comment. It will be interesting to see how the projects develop as they are baked.
SKATS meets above La Capitale/Andaluz at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200.