Pilot Trip Reduction Grant Program

Updated 1/16/2019

The Pilot Trip Reduction Grant Program is a competitive solicitation that provides funding to support the demonstration of innovative, first- and last-mile alternatives to fixed-route shuttle service. 

Updated 1/16/2019

For this first cycle (FYE 2019), up to $7 million is available to support the demonstration of microtransit solutions that provide first- and last-mile connections to mass transit in the Bay Area’s highly impacted and priority development areas.

The goal of this program is to test the potential of microtransit services to reduce single-occupancy commute-hour vehicle trips by conveniently and cost-effectively connecting commuters to mass transit. Eligible pilot projects must either operate in an area where no similar service exists or significantly expand existing service.

Grant funding is available to cover both initial start-up costs and up to two years of operational costs. Applications are due by 4 PM, March 4, 2019.

Applicants who are interested in applying for funding to support other types of trip reduction projects are encouraged to contact the Air District to discuss their proposal and to submit a full application by 4 PM, February 19, 2019. Projects that have previously received Transportation Fund for Clean Air, or TFCA, funding are not eligible for additional TFCA funding.


Congestion management agencies, public transit agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and applicants who submitted a letter of interest by March 2018 are eligible to apply. Projects must be located in a Highly Impacted Community or Episodic Area as defined by the Air District Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program, or in a Priority Development Area (PDA).  A list of eligible applicants is located under the “Resources” section. A list of applicants who are looking for partnerships and are identified as ineligible applicants is also included in this document.

How to Apply

Part 1. Online Application:

Microtransit Projects – due by 4 PM, March 4, 2019

Application for Microtransit Projects
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Other Trip Reduction Projects – due by 4 PM, February 19, 2019

Application for Other Trip Reduction Projects
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Part 2. Hard Copy: Print and sign one copy of the completed online application form, and mail the signed copy along with the required supplemental documents to:

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Strategic Incentives Division
Attn: Chengfeng Wang
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Workshops (Mandatory)

Applicants must attend at least one pre-application workshop before submitting an application. Workshops are held online via webinar, and registration is required to attend. The workshops cover program requirements, the application process and evaluation criteria, and the grantee/project sponsor’s administrative requirements. A copy of the webinar presentation is available under the “Resources” section. The following workshops have been scheduled:


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Last Updated: 1/16/2019