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Smart Growth America and the Federal Transit Administration: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance

by Sherie Sanders on September 14, 2016
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Train in an Article About Transit Grants and Smart Growth Technical AssistanceSmart Growth America  is a national coalition of planners, economic developers, environmentalists and other urban thought leaders that work to create the kind of neighborhoods we all want to live in. Neighborhoods that are safe, affordable, walkable, bikeable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Neighborhoods that benefit all their residents, not just the advantaged few. A necessary ingredient in achieving all of these characteristics is efficiently planned, accessible transportation.

Smart Growth America has teamed up with the Federal Transit Administration to help municipalities make the most out of every transportation dollar.  Instead of direct funding, this program provides technical assistance, especially to economically distressed communities, who already have federally funded capital transit projects. This assistance comes in the form of consulting, policy making, public outreach and other types of resource development and capacity building.


Selected Past Recipients

  • Moline, IL – Commuters in the Quad Cities area will be able to get to and from Chicago much more conveniently. Their new rail hub will be accessible to low-to-moderate-income residents.
  • Oklahoma City, OK – The historic Santa Fe station in Oklahoma City will bloom into a regional transit center that will incorporate several new businesses and a variety of commuter options, including a renovated Amtrak station, bus depot, and commuter rail stations.
  • San Antonio, TX – The new Centro Plaza will help meet the transportation needs of lower median-income and public housing residents, connecting "culturally rich and economically poor" neighborhoods downtown.
  • Richmond, Va – In 2014, Richmond’s Pulse BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project was the recipient of a $24.9 million TIGER grant. Richmond is also a LadderSTEP city, one of seven cities in the U.S. chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to be Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilots. LadderSTEP also provides technical assistance, enabling the catalyzing power of smartly designed transportation to spur economic and community revitalization. This is a perfect example of how TOD can help its selected cities leverage all their transportation resources in the most efficient way possible.


Applying for Smart Growth America and Federal Transit Administration Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance

Eligible applicants include state, local and tribal governments with an active federally funded transit capital project. (You can refer to page 3 of the NOFA file for a list of qualifying entities). Partnerships are strongly encouraged. Only one transit corridor per application will be considered. Applications for must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 7, 2016.


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