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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Frequently Asked Questions - Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing Pilot 

1. What is the Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing?

2. Why are we doing this pilot?  

3. What could be included in a Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing?

4. Who is this pilot for? 

5. How are affordable housing sites selected for participation? 

6. What is the timeline?

7. What are the responsibilities of the pilot partners and PBOT?

8. What is the history of the Transportation Wallet?

9. Have more questions about the pilot project? 


1. What is the Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is developing and implementing a pilot project for a new transportation incentive package that provides people living in existing affordable housing developments access to free transportation options, like transit passes, bike or scooter share memberships, rideshare and carshare credits.

PBOT is partnering with 7 community organizations to provide a package of transportation options incentives, known as the Transportation Wallet, for up to 500 residents in the participating housing developments. PBOT has the budget to provide the Transportation Wallet to participants and to provide some compensation to community organizations for their time in participating in the pilot project.

The selected participating partner organizations are:

  • ROSE CDC
  • REACH CDC
  • Hacienda CDC
  • Home Forward
  • Human Solutions
  • Catholic Charities
  • PCRI

2. Why are we doing this pilot?   

PBOT is dedicated to developing programs that manage demand and improve efficiency on our transportation system. An effective approach involves strategies to encourage and incentivize people to take transit, walk, bicycle, ride e-scooters, carpool and telework while discouraging drive-alone trips. Using more active forms of transportation helps reduce congestion, saves people money, and has positive personal health benefits.

We know that transportation is the second highest household cost. Therefore, this pilot focuses on providing subsidized transportation options to people who live in affordable housing in order to increase transportation access for getting around local neighborhoods, to get to work or school, to run errands and more. One of the primary goals of this pilot project is to test ways to reduce the barriers to using transportation options, while increasing the use of more active modes like transit, walking and biking.
 

3. What could be included in a Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing?

The Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing could include the following types of incentives, depending on the availability and the types of options the participant would like to use:

  • Value on a TriMet Hop card
  • BIKETOWN for All membership
  • Portland Streetcar pass
  • Value for e-scooter rides
  • Value for rides with Uber, Lyft, and/or taxis
  • Value for using car share with car2go/ShareNow

    For the pilot phase, participants will NOT be required to pay for the Transportation Wallet. The pilot project will help determine how much the transportation wallet will cost, if anything, for affordable housing residents if the program is continued.  
     

    4. Who is this pilot for?   

    Residents that live in existing affordable housing developments
     

    5. How are affordable housing sites selected for participation?

    PBOT worked with partner housing organizations to determine pilot sites that were located across Portland, had varied levels of access to transportation options, and serve a variety of vulnerable populations. 
     

    6. What is the timeline? 

    • December 2018: Call-out for Letters of Interest
    • January 2019: Selection of organizations
    • Jan-May 2019: Procurement
    • June-Oct 2019: Delivery of incentives/programming
    • January 2020: Evaluation

    7. What are the responsibilities of the pilot partners and PBOT? 

    Participating Organizations

    • Attend coordination meetings
    • Recruit participants for pilot
    • Help with logistics of the programming components
    • Help facilitate pre- and post- surveys
    • Assist in delivery of the Transportation Wallet package to residents

    PBOT

    • Procure and provide the Transportation Wallet incentives, program, and materials
    • Develop educational outreach materials and provide staff time to engage residents
    • Develop and manage pilot program evaluation, including pre- and post- surveys
    • Provide compensation for community partners for time spent on pilot
       

    8. What is the history of the Transportation Wallet?

    The Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing is modeled after the original Transportation Wallet for Parking Districts. 

    In the NW and Central Eastside Industrial Parking Districts, a portion of parking permit surcharges collected in those districts offset the cost of the Transportation Wallet. People who live or work in either district are eligible to purchase a Transportation Wallet for $99 (a $767 value) or trade in an eligible on-street parking permit and receive one for free. 

    The 2019 Transportation Wallet for Parking Districts includes: 

    • $150 TriMet Hop card
    • Annual Portland Streetcar pass
    • Annual BIKETOWN membership
    • $25 car share credit with car2go

    The Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing will tailor the incentive packages for the needs of each site/affordable housing community and include various packages with different transportation options, based on the need of the user. Overall, PBOT staff will utilize lessons learned from the pilot project to inform ongoing citywide programs that encourage and incentivize the use of active forms of transportation.  

    9. Have more questions about the pilot project?

    Please contact Liz Hormann or Roshin Kurian for more information:

    Liz Hormann, elizabeth.hormann@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5086

    Roshin Kurian, roshin.kurian@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-2142