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Low-income residents, immigrants, seniors, and people with disabilities – these are people who stand to gain the most from new tools and services that reduce transportation costs and travel time. However, issues of affordability, technology adoption, banking access or other barriers can limit access to these new mobility opportunities. In the latest project funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), New Mobility For All, Portland State University researchers Nathan McNeil, John MacArthur and Huijun Tan worked with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to evaluate a local pilot program: the Transportation Wallet for Residents of Affordable Housing. This program provides a set of transportation incentives for low-income participants, including: a $308 pre-paid US Bank Visa card which could be applied to public transit or other transportation services, a free BIKETOWN bike share membership, and access to discounted rates on several services.


This is a summary of TREC research report NITC-RR-1318, from the NITC program of TREC at Portland State University. The project and research can be found online at:

Final Report NITC-RR-1318 can be found at

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