Transitioning from the New Starts to the Small Starts Programs

One of the key objectives of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Small Starts program is to provide capital investment grant funding to smaller scale transit projects through a simpler, more streamlined grant program. The Small Starts application process is meant to be simpler, but there has been a learning curve for Small Starts grantees unaccustomed to new procedures and criteria. Read More


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This section will shart what is typical with other cities funding formulas. Due to the fact that Portland, Oregon is the most experienced in funding streetcar projects and is the first to put modern streetcars on their streets and manufactures modern sreetcars sold to other cities all over the united states, their formula, which changes over time depending upon available resources, will be presentated here. The column to the left and below the navigation bar will offer links that will be valuable to reach specific individuals who can help coach municipalities on feaseability and engineering services as well as installation of light rail systems.

FUNDING SOURCES? Utilized by the City of Portland

City Parking Bonds,

Local Improvement District Fund

Tax Increment

Federal Transportation Funds

City Parking Fund

City General Fund

City Transportation Fund

U.S. HUD Grant

Parking Meter Revenues




Development Commission Funds


State Lottery Funds (state appropriation of $25 million in lottery backed bonds to create Oregon streetcar manufacturing jobs by Oregon Iron Works in Clackamas County).

New Starts Grants

Small Starts Grants

TIGER Grants.

Portland has been successful in gaining all of these grants.

Other formulas can be summerized by what other cities are doing. Go to the "Other Cities" button in the navagation bar on your upper left.

DOT Announces TIGER Grant Funding

Washington, May 18, 2009

In a Federal Register notice today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the availability of $1.5 billion in grant funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program, as well as interim rules on the operation of the program and a request for comments from transportation stakeholders. Applications for the new grant program, which was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5), are due Sept. 15, 2009. Comments on the newly issued program rules must be submitted by June 1, 2009. Read More






DOT Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

(Recovery Act)OST Information Related
to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Recovery Act TIGER Grant Announcements

TIGER Discretionary Grant (TDG) Applications Overview

Overview of the Recovery Act:
The Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. Learn more on

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