Earlier this month, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $13 million in grants that can help communities address homelessness through transit planning.
The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning aims to improve public transportation by providing funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with a new fixed guideway or core capacity transit capital investment.
Special consideration will be given to applications that support unhoused populations and promote housing affordability. This year, applications for areas with a lower population density or lower average income compared to surrounding areas will receive a higher federal funding share. Proposals that address three or more activities related to the development of affordable housing will receive a federal funding share of 100%.
Grantees must use the funding to:
- Improve economic development and ridership
- Foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility
- Improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic
- Engage the private sector
- Identify infrastructure needs
- Enable mixed-use development near transit stations
Applications are due no later than October 10.
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