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FTA Announces TOD Grants; APTA Members Among Recipients

FTA has announced $19.5 million in grants for 21 organizations around the U.S. through the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Pilot Program to support projects that improve access to public transit.

“By investing in transit planned around housing, jobs and services, these communities are creating ladders of opportunity for their citizens and laying a strong foundation for economic development that our growing nation demands,“ said DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx.

FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan announced the grants Sept. 14 in Tacoma, WA, where Sound Transit, in partnership with the city, received the largest single grant: $2 million to support a mobility and economic development plan for communities along a proposed 2.4-mile extension of light rail.

“Transit-oriented development is critical to the success of new projects and to the economy of the local communities they serve,” McMillan said. “These grants will help communities like Tacoma develop a transportation system that encourages people to use transit to reach jobs, education, medical care, housing and other vital services that they need.”

In total, the program will fund comprehensive planning work in 17 metro­politan areas to help communities integrate land-use and transportation planning efforts as they improve their public transportation systems.

The other largest grants include:

* $1.7 million to GoTriangle, Research Triangle Park, NC;

* $1.6 million to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority;

* $1.25 million each to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, the city of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Chicago Transit Authority and the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI;

* $1.1 million each to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District; and

* $1 million to the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis/St. Paul.

To be eligible for funding from the program, which was established in MAP-21, the planning work must be associated with a public transit project for which the local community intends to seek funding through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program.

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