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Oregon’s Federal Delegation Secures Funding for Community Projects

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Funding includes $2.56 million for the planned transit center in south Salem

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden secured funding for 145 critical projects across Oregon, including $2.56 million for the Salem Area Mass Transit District for a South Salem Mobility as a Service Transit Facility.

These essential projects include investing in wildfire and drought resiliency, affordable housing, health care, education, and manufacturing, all while creating essential services and good-paying jobs, said Senator Merkley.

“No one knows the unique needs of communities across Oregon like the folks living and working in them,” said Merkley, who helped drive inclusion of Oregon projects as the only Oregon member of Congress from either chamber to serve on the Appropriations Committee since Senator Mark Hatfield. “I joined the Committee in 2013 to ensure Oregon has a strong voice in decisions about our nation’s investments. Community-initiated projects are an incredible example of this because these local and regional projects were generated at the ground level by folks who are working to make their communities better. I worked with Senator Wyden and members of Oregon’s House delegation to secure funding for 145 of these important homegrown projects for Oregonians in every corner of our state, and these projects will have positive impacts across our state for years to come.”

Both Senator Merkley and Senator Wyden hold a town hall in each Oregon county every year to ensure that local feedback informs every aspect of their work in Washington, D.C. This local feedback is directly reflected in the projects that were chosen for federal funding in this year’s package.

“On behalf of our board of directors and the Salem Area Mass Transit District, I express our sincere appreciation to Senators Merkley and Wyden for supporting and believing in the value of public transportation,” said Board President Ian Davidson. “Our responsibility is meeting the changing transportation needs of our community and this substantial investment in a new South Salem transit center mobility hub greatly increases connectivity, mobility, and access for all.”

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