In April 2019 Metro announced the inaugural group of PILOT projects. Read about them here.
Transportation services and technologies like ride-hailing, car and bike sharing, ride matching and microtransit are launching across the Portland region, creating new travel options that can potentially be more affordable, healthier, or easier to share with others. Communities can make the most of this rapidly changing transportation landscape by exploring and learning how to best take advantage of these new options.
The Partnerships and Innovative Learning Opportunities in Transportation program will fund projects that test how recent innovations in transportation technology can benefit communities in the region and share lessons learned. Awards of up to $150,000 are available to support teams of public agencies, nonprofit organizations and/or private companies to design and implement projects that test innovative approaches to providing equitable, shared or active transportation options.
Metro is looking for projects that:
- address a well-understood, clearly-defined challenge and test an innovative solution
- conduct outreach and education to help community members make the most of this solution
- create new partnerships between public agencies, nonprofits and/or private companies
- develop and share information on successes and challenges
- include a comprehensive approach to advancing transportation equity.
The PILOT grant program accepts applications ranging from $25,000 to $150,000.
Who is eligible to apply?
The following entities are eligible to apply; Metro encourages cross-sector teams to submit joint applications:
- public agencies
- nonprofit organizations
- private companies
- research institutions.