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Innovative Mobility Program



What is the Innovative Mobility Program?

The Innovative Mobility Program (IMP) is a new initiative from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) that aims to improve access to public transportation, reduce the number of trips Oregonians make by car, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The IMP has a special focus on equity and helping historically excluded groups to get to where they need to go more quickly, cheaply and safely. The IMP is funded by Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, passed by Congress in November 2021, as well as state of Oregon dollars. The program has a total of $20 million for grants and contracts from 2022-25. 

ODOT will be engaging communities, government agencies and transportation providers over the summer to find out which services people need, who is interested in providing them and what the barriers are to taking part in the program, especially for members of historically excluded groups. 

Is the IMP a competitive grants program?

The IMP will include both competitive grants and contracted services. Grants will be awarded on both an annual and ongoing basis and judged on how well they meet the needs of historically excluded groups. Contracts will be awarded through a competitive public process. There is also a $5,000 micro-grant program that is already up and running. You can apply for a micro-grant here: IMP Grant Request Form. This is a rolling grants program with no deadline for application.

What is a “historically excluded group?

ODOT is taking a wide view of what “historically excluded” means. BIPOC communities, those living on low incomes, living with disabilities, seniors and young people and LGBTQ+ are some examples, but projects serving any group that has been excluded or whose needs haven’t been met by our existing transportation system will be prioritized.

Who is eligible?

A broad range of organizations can apply for IMP funding, including: 
  • Charities, not-for-profits and businesses providing community services
  • Tribal, State and local government agencies
  • Metropolitan planning associations and transportation management associations 
  • Transit agencies and transportation service providers. 

What kinds of services will the Innovative Mobility Program Fund?

The program can fund many transportation related activities including (but not limited to):
  • Pedal and Electric bike lending libraries and bike shares
  • Electric scooter shares and lending libraries
  • Transportation wallets
  • Subsidized fares
  • Carpools and Vanpools
  • Equipment (e.g. bike locks and helmets)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. bike racks, safety signage, more accessible transit stops)
  • Training and information (e.g. bike and scooter training, safety training, navigation training)

How can I tell ODOT what I think about the Innovative Mobility Program?

Completing this short survey will help us to understand how you use transportation services and how ODOT can design a program that meets your needs:

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En Espanol:

You can also contact the Innovative Mobility Program Engagement Lead, Kaz Zaidi for more information at or sign up for updates on the Innovative Mobility Program email list.