Transportation Improvement ProgramMar 21, 2017

Comment on the Regional Transportation Improvement Program

The Draft 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD) is available for review and comment. The Public Participation Plan also is being updated to be consistent with the TIP.

Learn how transportation dollars can be spent on roadways, transit, bikeways and pedestrian facilities in the Salem-Keizer area during the next six years. The Transportation Improvement Program includes both new and previously approved projects on the regional road system to ease current and future traffic congestion; improve safety; and support transit, carpooling, cycling and pedestrian travel. An interactive map of projects is available, with details and the ability for the public to add comments about each project.

The Transportation Improvement Program is created by the Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS). SKATS is a regional planning organization for transportation projects. The point of the organization is to make sure transportation decisions are not made in “silos,” but instead are coordinated between multiple cities, counties, state and other agencies in one area, including the Salem Area Mass Transit District. There are 11 similar organizations in Oregon.

The transit projects listed in the Transportation Improvement Program draft are mostly funded by specific federal grants that cannot be used for everyday operational expenses .For example, Saturday service can’t be funded by these grants. The majority of Cherriots everyday operational expenses are funded by a combination of county property taxes, federal funds and state funds. See the Annual Report for more details on Cherriots operational funds. Many of the federal dollars only can be spent on road projects and not on transit projects.

In the meantime, check out the Transportation Improvement Program draft. You can submit comments or questions through the online interactive map or contact Karen Odenthal directly at 503-740-1608 or kodenthal@mwvcog.org.

The draft of the Transportation Improvement Program was prepared through the cooperative efforts of elected officials and representatives from the cities of Salem, Keizer and Turner; Polk and Marion counties; the Salem-Keizer School District; Salem Area Mass Transit District and ODOT.