October 21, 2005

Senate Approves Funds for Oregon Community Development, Transportation Projects

Wyden, Smith securing appropriations to support communities throughout the state

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Senate has approved more than $38 million for various transportation and community development projects throughout Oregon. The funds were included as part of the FY 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development (TTJHUD) Appropriations bill, which now goes to a conference committee to work out differences between it and the House version of the legislation. "The funds in this bill will support the improvement of Oregonians' lives through transportation projects, community development efforts and education programs," said Wyden. "Oregon families and businesses benefit when the Federal government invests in our communities." "Successful economic development projects improve the business climate, bolster community initiatives, and add to the standard of living," said Smith. "The projects included in this bill are positive local investments for Oregon." Oregon projects included in the appropriations committee's TTJHUD bill are as follows: • $18.1 million for the North Corridor Interstate Max light rail; • $15 million for the Washington County Commuter rail; • $1.6 million for site preparation and equipment procurement for the Central Oregon/Redmond airport; • $1 million for the SMART multi-modal transit center and bus maintenance facility in Wilsonville; • $750,000 for the Transit Bus Facility in Sandy; • $500,000 for Northeastern Oregon Collaborative University Center in Hermiston to support the rural allied health and science education program; • $250,000 for the downtown riverfront access improvement project in The Dalles; • $200,000 for Santo Community Center's Teen Activity Center in Medford; • $200,000 for Umatilla County to support economic development and infrastructure improvements associated with the Oregon Collaborative University Center in Hermiston; • $200,000 for Marion-Polk Food Share in Salem to improve and renovate an emergency food distribution center; • $200,000 for the City of Pendleton to improve and renovate Round-Up facilities; • $200,000 for Union County to support economic development and tourism activities for the Wallowa Union Railroad; • $60,300 for the modification of the main console in the air traffic control center at Portland International Airport.