New Report Identifies 20 Ways to Create Jobs Quickly & Responsibly

New Report Identifies 20 Ways to Create Jobs Quickly & Responsibly

March 9, 2009

As the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) prepares to approve additional transportation projects to be funded under the federal economic stimulus, 1000 Friends of Oregon and Smart Growth America released a report today showing the many ways the stimulus can be used to address Oregon’s transportation priorities while putting thousands of Oregonians back to work.

Oregon will receive $334 million in flexible funding for transportation spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama last month. ODOT approved $122 million in projects on February 27th and is scheduled to approve an additional $100 million in spending on March 17th.

“The stimulus gives us an opportunity to put Oregonians back to work and make Oregon communities stronger,” said Bob Stacey, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon.  “As we rebuild our economy, we should invest in a 21st century transportation system that gives Oregonians better transportation choices, saves them money and helps reduce global warming pollution from cars and trucks.”

Some examples of ready to go projects in Oregon include:

  • Completion of  a transit park & ride in Milwaukie
  • Bicycle park & rides at five TriMet transit centers
  • Construction of a bicycle & pedestrian trail in Eugene
  • Completion of a “main street” project in Maupin
  • Facilities for a new transit route in Bend
  • Purchasing locomotives and railcars to help save Amtrak service between Portland and Eugene

 

The initial round of projects approved February 27 by the Transportation Commission consisted primarily of road maintenance projects, but more than a third of the money went to road expansion. The Commission will hold a hearing this Wednesday, and then vote next week to spend between $70 and $100 million more in federal stimulus dollars on additional projects.  1000 Friends of Oregon is hoping that this next round of funding includes transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects. 

“State gas tax funds must be spent on roads, but the stimulus funds give us a chance to bring balance to our transportation investments,” Stacey said. “In addition to giving Oregonians more transportation choices these investments tend to provide more jobs, dollar for dollar, than expanding roads.”  

To view a full copy of the report, click here.