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Economic Distress

 

 

The TRAC recognizes that local sponsors seek transportation projects that improve a region's economic fortunes and that some regions are at an inherent disadvantage due to economic distress.  To promote transportation investment in economically disadvantaged areas, TRAC will award points based on an area's unemployment and poverty rates.

ODOT will use a 5 year average of county-level data as a standard unit for measure, but if the project sponsor provides defensible data a sub-county or census tract level, the TRAC will consider that level of geographic analysis for scoring, at its discretion

County’s 5-year average unemployment rate in relation to state 5-year average
 
Range​ ​ Points​
1%​ 5% 0.25​
6% 15%​ 0.5​
16%​ 20%​ 0.75​
21%​ 25%​ 1​
26%+​ 1.25​
 
County’s 5-year average poverty rate in relation to state 5- year average
 
Range​ ​ Points​
1%​ 5%​ 0.25​
6%​ 15%​ 0.5​
16%​ 20%​ 0.75​
21%​ 25%​ 1​
1.00+​ ​ 1.25