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State agency will explain where the money will go, seek public comments about how it should be spent under new law.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a dual-purpose public forum to explain the recent $1.2 billion in federal funds that Oregon will get for transportation in the next five years — and to accept comments about how the money should be spent.

The forum is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. See the bottom of this story for how to connect with the forum.

Congress has specified how much of the $1.2 billion will be spent on various programs. But the Oregon Transportation Commission will face decisions about how to spend an estimated $400 million in flexible funds to advance projects in the statewide transportation improvement program, a four-year list and the transportation agency's strategic plan. Some of those decisions must be made by early 2022.

Oregon's largest transit agencies, including TriMet in the Portland metropolitan area, will get $200 million of the $1.2 billion total separately.

The commission received a briefing from the agency staff on Nov. 18.

ODOT officials will present information about the legislation, which President Joe Biden signed on Nov. 15. They want to hear public comments about how the commission should spend the flexible funds, and specific priorities for public and active transportation. The latter is defined as bicycle and pedestrian paths.

People who cannot attend the live forum but want to leave comments should go here:

https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Get-Involved/Pages/OTC-Comments.aspx

People who want to comment at the meeting should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance. Each person will get three minutes on a first-come, first-served basis.

By telephone: 253-215-8782, Webinar ID 832 9042 8672.

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/w/83290428672?tk=njfA0xYiUleA1WcJb3tIzn_xrcyoiWiNROvovqDlgKY.DQMAAAATZH8VABY2NVhQWjJSUFNTdW5ocjlLVnZVeHR3AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA&pwd=a3VySEpZSDNab2tUcWdxMXlra2huQT09#success

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