It’s not enough just to build a transportation system with options to walk, bike, take transit or ride share. People need to know how to access those options and understand the benefits. That’s where Metro’s Regional Travel Options program comes in.
Metro accepted applications for the 2019 grant cycle between Jan. 1 and March 31. We expect to announce grant awards in early June.
Regional Travel Options is accepting sponsorship applications for activities occurring before June 30, 2019.
Get email updates on Regional Travel Options program activities and announcements.
The RTO program funds and supports transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to increase use of travel options, reduce pollution, and improve mobility. Travel options include anything besides driving alone – carpooling, vanpooling, riding transit, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting. Metro provides grant funding and technical assistance through the RTO program to support partners’ work to educate, encourage, and provide information to increase people's use of these options. The 2019-2022 RTO grant program is aimed at increasing capacity, partnerships and collaboration, providing flexibility, and achieving greater performance.
Government agencies, colleges, universities, public school districts or schools (K-8), and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for an RTO grant. The organization applying for an RTO grant must be located within the Metro boundary and the proposed project or program must primarily benefit residents and businesses of greater Portland (but may also be open to members of the public who live outside of greater Portland). RTO grant projects or programs must increase access to, and use of, travel options and advance the region’s goals, objectives, and priorities for transportation and land use as defined in the Regional Transportation Plan and the Regional Travel Options Strategy.