County awarded TGM grant for transit connections

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 28, 2017

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Planning and Development Services Division

Washington County will be developing strategic solutions for first/last mile transit connections, thanks to a Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program grant. 

Washington County was one of 12 Oregon communities awarded TGM grants to fund transportation and land use planning projects.

The County's grant will allow staff to study ways to reduce the real or perceived distance and time it takes people to travel to and from transit stops (first/last mile). The study will result in strategies that are coordinated, flexible and responsive to community and site challenges including:

  • Infrastructure improvements to provide safer, faster and more comfortable access to transit

  • Ways to better integrate mobile technology

  • Support for electric cars and autonomous vehicles.

"This study will identify ways Washington County can improve access to transit, which is a vital part of our transportation network," said Andrew Singelakis, director, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation. "Improving access to transit improves the community's access to jobs, healthcare, shopping, recreation and more. It is critical to maintaining a vibrant, local economy."

TGM received 39 grant applications totaling $5.9 million. Recipients will work with staff to develop each project, including final award amounts based on the scope of each grant. Awards are expected to range from $100,000 and $250,000. TGM grants are funded through a partnership between the Department of Land Conservation and Development and ODOT. TGM Grants TGM 2017 Awards

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Manager