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Metro Committee Crafts Plans For Transportation Dollars

OPB | Oct. 11, 2012 7:11 p.m.

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Elected officials around the Portland area advanced plans  Thursday for how to spend close to $40 million in additional federal transportation funds.

Bicycle activists were hoping the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation would spend up to 75 percent of the money on bike and pedestrian projects.

Some committee members pushed for funding three road projects. But the panel didn’t do either one.

Instead, advisory committee members plan to solicit proposals that address certain priorities.

Successful projects would create jobs, protect the environment, improve equity and traffic safety, and involve more than one mode of transportation.

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