The letter below came from the 1000 friends of Oregon Website. They are spearheading a campaign to get the federal economic recovery act to spend more money on bike and pedestrian projects.
Here at npGREENWAY, we are working dilligently to receive additional funding to build the Waud Bluff Trail. This project has been languishing for nearly 5 years now and needs an additional $1.6 million to construct. According to a recent report compiled by Metro, the Waud Bluff Trail project would create 18 design and construction jobs. The report describes the project as follows: “Leveraging MTIP and local SDC funds, construct a key trail connection and bridge over railroad to Swan Island Industrial Park.” To find out more about the Waud Bluff Trail and other improvements in the area, download the Swan Island Trails Action Plan. [2.386Mb pdf]
Please consider sending communication to the Governer expressing your opinion through the form on the 1000 Friends website.
Send an email to Governor Kulongoski
Dear Governor,The federal economic recovery act allocates $334 million in federal surface transportation program funds to Oregon. We respectfully request you invest these funds in ready-to-go transit, bike and pedestrian projects that will create jobs and make our communities stronger.
Under the State Constitution, Oregon’s communities are locked out of the Highway Trust Fund for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities. Please help Oregon’s communities access the federal recovery funds for these vital investments.Oregon has the opportunity to spend federal dollars to make our transportation system more equitable, sustainable, resilient to fuel price spikes, and independent of foreign oil sources while putting Oregonians back to work. We appreciate your leadership and look forward to working with you to ensure these dollars make a real difference for Oregon’s transportation future.