January 23, 2019

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) is a new dedicated source of funding for expanding public transportation service in Oregon. (Read our earlier coverage of STIF & activity in the Salem-area). Eighteen of the forty-two eligible transit providers in Oregon have submitted applications for the first STIF review cycle, which started in November 2018.

January 22, 2019

Following a competitive call for projects, last week the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a list of 24 recommended Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure grants. These projects will invest more than $15 million across the state to create safer ways for students to get to and from schools via walking and rolling.

January 18, 2019

As cities across the country take steps to address equity, traffic congestion, and reduce climate emissions, many are looking to bike and scooter share programs for possible solutions. New mobility programs seem to make headlines each week, with announcements of new transportation technologies hitting our streets. Last year, Portland held a fourth-month pilot program to test out e-scooter share programs in the City. And in recent weeks, the City of Salem has been gearing up for a new bike share and contemplating its own e-scooter deployment.

January 11, 2019
What is clearer than ever is that reducing climate emissions by moving away from a carbon-based economy is essential and urgent. Transportation is one area that has a lot of potential.
November 7, 2018
Updated: Oregon applications now due 1/9/19. Special opportunity for organizations, agencies, and communities in Oregon: With funding from the Oregon Health Authority, one rural, suburban, or urban community in Oregon will be funded, in addition to the ten Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities grantees.
October 25, 2018

Walk audits are a great tool in creating communities where residents can participate in making their vision of healthy, safe, walkable streets real.

In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what’s missing. But what to do with this information? In this webinar, we'll hear from community partners in Oregon & Washington who have completed walk audits, and explore next steps for turning their vision into reality. Join us on November 15 at 10am PT/1pm ET.

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October 24, 2018
Are you ready for increased funding dedicated to Safe Routes to School in Oregon? It is coming in 2019! Below are two great upcoming opportunities for making your community safer for students and others who walk and roll (or want to). Stay tuned for more information coming soon about how to get your school, district, city, or county ready to apply for these SRTS program funds.
October 24, 2018
The Oregon Legislature passed a transportation package in 2017, which dedicated $10 million per year in funding for street safety fixes within a mile of schools, increasing to $15 million per year in 2023. The ODOT Safe Routes to School Competitive Infrastructure Grant Program runs in two-year cycles with the first round of funds awarded in 2019.
October 23, 2018
The STIFAC held lengthy discussions on the importance of a free Youth Pass for the region and received impactful testimony from youth who rely on, but often can’t afford to ride the bus. Working within strict time constraints, a free youth pass would have required a major shift in Cherriots’ proposed projects (including weekend and evening services requested by the community), and was unattainable in the current application cycle. At the last meeting, the STIFAC agreed with Cherriots staff to revisit a free Youth Pass in the next STIF application period, and approved the following proposed youth rates as a “starting point” for the initial biennium:
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August 28, 2018

The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG) and Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) are preparing possible policy agendas for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session. The Policy Committee for the Salem-Keizer Active Transportation Study (SKATS), also the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the area, met today to discuss next steps for the Mid-Willamette Valley region.