RAISE Grant Application (2021)

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants are federally awarded funding for surface transportation infrastructure projects. They are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow project sponsors at the State and local levels to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs. 

Projects submitted for RAISE grant funding are evaluated based on: how innovative they are; how well they will enhance safety and quality of life for people; and how well they support economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability of localities and regions. Within these criteria, the USDOT will prioritize funding projects that can demonstrate improvements to racial equity, reduce impacts of climate change and create good-paying jobs. 

Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD, 2017 - 2020) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER, 2009 - 2016) Discretionary Grants, the RAISE grant program is tied to funds Congress has dedicated for National Infrastructure Investments.  In May 2020, the Cities of Eugene and Springfield, with support from the Lane Transit District, jointly submitted an application for funding for the Franklin Boulevard Opportunity Zone Corridor during the 2020 grant cycle. The 2020 application materials are available.


Project Narrative Parts I - VI: Project Description; Project Location; Grant Funds, Sources and Uses of all Project Funding; Selection Criteria; Environmental Risk Review; Benefit Cost Analysis

Supporting Documents and Links from Project Narrative

Springfield 2035 Transportation System Plan

Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan

Glenwood Refinement Plan

Walnut Station Specific Area Plan

Eugene's Community Climate Action Plan 2.0

Lane Transit District Climate Action Policy and Goals

University of Oregon Climate Action Plan

Pedestrian Injury and Social Equity in Oregon (ODOT, 2021)

Franklin Blvd Phase 1 NEPA Categorical Exclusion

Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID)

Eugene Downtown Riverfront Development

Central Lane MPO Regional Transportation Plan

2018 -2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (ODOT)


A. Documentation of Funding Commitments

City of Eugene & City of Springfield - Memorandum of Understanding

City of Eugene - Letter of Commitment

City of Springfield - Resolution for Funding Commitment

Lane Transit District (LTD) - Letter of Intent + Resolution for Funding Commitment


B. Letters of Support and Partner Agency Documentation

Congressman DeFazio, Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley

Senator Beyer, Senator Manning, Senator Prozanski, Representative Fahey, Representative Holvey, Representative Lively, Representative Nathanson, Representative Wilde

Oregon Department of Transportation - Oregon Transportation Commission

University of Oregon

1000 Friends of Oregon, 350 Eugene, Beyond Toxics, BRING Recycling, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, Sierra Club - Many Rivers Group, Willamette Riverkeeper

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Eugene/Springfield Branch, Centro Latino Americano

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, White Bird Clinic

Catholic Community Services of Lane County

Better Eugene Springfield Transportation (BEST), Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs), Eugene Active Transportation Committee

Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA)

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO)

Lane Area Commission on Transportation, Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization

Mayor Lucy Vinis (Eugene), Mayor Sean VanGordon (Springfield)

Mayor Ray Smith (Coburg), Mayor Jeff Gowing (Cottage Grove), Mayor Amy Knudsen (Creswell), Mayor Joe Henry (Florence), Mayor Kathy Holston (Oakridge), Mayor Keith Weiss (Veneta), Mayor Melody Cornelius (Westfir)

Lane County Board of Commissioners, Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Onward Eugene

Better Housing Together, Cornerstone Community Housing, DevNW, Homes for Good

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 271

Wildish Companies

Roth & Roth, LLC; Dari Mart; Al Patel

Travel Lane County, TrackTown USA

EUGNet, Willamette Internet Exchange, Technology Association of Oregon, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Springfield Utility Board

C. Concept Plans

D. Cost Estimate Backup

E. Benefit Cost Analysis Technical Memo