|Biking and walking to school coverage, 2013|
Brown Road at top without sidewalks
|Resolution to Support more Safe Routes funding|
The context for this is discussion about the shape of the 2021-2024 statewide transportation funding plan.
|ODOT's Current Proposal for funding|
|And basically the same thing in a pie chart|
(Note also the elimination of "bus replacements" in the table and chart. I assume this is because HB 2017 included a separate transit funding component, so even though the column subtotal declines from $60M to $51M, it is not actually a cut in funding for walk/bike/bus. At least that's how I read it.)
What is being debated is summarized in these three scenarios:
|Note the brown and blue bars|
ODOT developed a scenario that would provide the same amount of federal highway funding for Fix-It programs as the Commission allocated in the 2018-2021 STIP, leaving a small amount for a discretionary Enhance Highway program.Scenario 2 provides a little more for "Fix-it" than Scenario 1 would have obtained. About this ODOT explains:
Under Scenario 1, more money would go into widening and improving roads than maintaining the roads we already have. This means that ODOT will be able to pave and repair fewer miles of road and fix fewer bridges, but will be able to do more to address congestion. Under Scenarios 2 and 3, more money goes into maintaining roads, but that means less money to address congestion issues. Funding allocations for non-highway, safety, and local programs are the same for each scenario because they are set by law and other agreements.(That's from an online "Open House" ODOT just published, in section 3 "Scenarios." I couldn't generate a separate url for that section, however. Section 2 also has a survey, where you can say "fix it first" and "non-highway programs" for walk/bike/bus are important! Update - See comments below on why Scenario 3 should be preferred.)
Applications for Additional 2018-2021 Funding
You may recall that the an additional $5M has become available for the 2018-2021 cycle. The City of Salem submitted three projects, and our neighbors have submitted five others.
- Brown Road NE Sidewalk and Bike Lanes ‐ Additional funds to complete project due to unanticipated costs. Construction in 2019.
- McGilchrist Complete Street Project Right-of-Way – As a supplement to a previously selected project which provided funds to acquire right-of-way on McGilchrist, provide funds to acquire right-of-way for the 22nd Street realignment portion. ROW acquisition in 2018.
- Orchard Heights Road NW Pedestrian Improvements and Pavement Preservation – Sidewalk infill on south side of Orchard Heights, pedestrian median at park, and repaving. Construction in 2021. Turner
- Connecticut Avenue: Macleay to Rickey west side Bike/Ped – Complete the urban bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Connecticut. Construction in 2021. (County)
- Center Street: Lancaster Drive to 45th Place NE Upgrade – Interim 3‐lane upgrade on Center Street with bike/pedestrian facilities on the north side only. Construction in 2021. (County)
- Turner Road Downtown Urban Upgrade – Provide urban amenities including sidewalk and bike lanes on the west side of Turner Road/3rd Street near Chicago Street. Construction in 2020. (Turner)
- Wheatland Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements Design ‐ Provide design funding to reconstruct Wheatland Road to create separated sidewalks on both sides, protected pedestrian crossings, and traffic calming. Design only funds requested for 2020. (Keizer)
- SAMTD Transit ITS Project – The unfunded portion of the previous request to upgrade several components of the current transit Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components. Timing of equipment purchase is flexible. (Cherriots)
Next month the Technical Advisory Committee with rank them and ODOT will scope them for more detailed costing and analysis. A Public Hearing and decision then will take place in February or March.
Greenhouse Gas Rulemaking
Here's what looks to be a clear casualty of the change in administration at the Federal level.
MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), the federal surface transportation legislation from 2012 to 2015, introduced the requirement for State DOTs and MPOs to do performance-based planning....The rules for the system performance related measures became effective on May 20, 2017, except for the measure to track the percent change in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by on-road mobile sources on the National Highway System (NHS).... After a court challenge, the FHWA published the effective date of this performance measure on September 28, 2017. They stated that they would soon begin the process to repeal the Greenhouse Gas measure. On October 5, 2017, the FHWA published in the Federal Register (2017-21442) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the system performance measure rules to remove any mention of the Greenhouse Gas measure. In their discussion of the proposal, the FHWA also asks for comments “...on whether to retain, or revise, the GHG measure established in the third performance measure final rule. [italics added]Though this is on the agenda formally only as an "information item," the comment period closes November 6th, and presumably our MPO could choose to comment favorably or unfavorably on the proposed repeal.
The near certainty of a Federal retreat or repudiation underscores the importance of a commitment from local government. Even if it ends up being an "unfunded mandate," we have to make choices, and doing less widening under the guise of "congestion relief" and working more on greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation is a choice we should be willing to make.
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
SKATS Policy Committee meets Tuesday the 24th, at noon. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Andaluz Kitchen and Table Five 08.