|Mixed Messaging for Active Transportation|
|Gail Achterman Room|
In addition to the dedication, an important item will be a presentation by members of OBPAC on active transportation. Part, maybe even the great bulk, of the reason for this are the changes in transportation funding created by the new federal transportation bill. ODOT Director Matt Garrett had sent out a memo describing how the law would affect walking and biking work:
- MAP-21 cut dedicated funding levels for active transportation programs by nearly 40 percent. Regardless, ODOT is committed to funding active transportation programs.
- We will honor all of our existing funding commitments to bicycle and pedestrian programs in the 2012-2015 STIP, which will provide about $4 million per year more of federal flexible funds than what MAP-21 provides to Oregon for bicycle and pedestrian projects through the new Transportation Alternatives Program.
- MAP-21 abolishes the Safe Routes to School program. ODOT will keep it intact through 2015 and fund the education and outreach of the program going forward.
- MAP-21 allows states to “opt out” of the Recreational Trails Program. Oregon will not opt out for the next three or four years. The Oregon State Parks Department will continue to administer the Recreational Trails Program until at least 2016.
- Starting in 2016, all active transportation related programs that are infrastructure-related (including projects previously eligible for Safe Routes to School infrastructure programs) will be considered part of the Enhance Program in the 2016-19 STIP and projects will be chosen by the Area Commissions on Transportation.
The slides are interesting - and unsurprisingly, but still disappointingly, the Capital City is mostly on the sidelines. What will it take for Salem to assume a leadership position on walking and biking?
|OBPAC Slide to OTC - Nov 14th|
|Old Freight Depot: University of Oregon|
|The Charlie Foxtrot at 12th and Mill|
The other consent item is a request for $876,500 in discretionary funding (earlier discussion here) for the Minto Bridge and Path.