U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Initial $13 Million Funding Opportunity from IIJA for Transit Planning That Addresses Climate Change and Equity in Communities Nationwide

Priority will be given to projects, such as mixed-use development near transit stations, that help reduce transportation costs, combat pollution and climate change, and promote housing affordability

The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the availability of approximately $13 million in competitive grant funds through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. TOD looks at the relationship among transit, housing and land use and recognizes that better planning can help reduce costs for American families and reduce the impacts of transportation on climate and air quality.

Funding for the TOD Planning grant program in the new Infrastructure bill was bolstered by 38% and will send nearly $70 million to communities across the country over the next five years.

The existing Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning supports comprehensive or site-specific planning projects that  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, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations.

Information on previously funded projects can be found here.

This year’s program will support comprehensive or site-specific planning efforts that support President Biden’s call to lower costs for American families, combat climate change, and promote equitable delivery of benefits to underserved communities. Special consideration will be given to applications that improve air quality, advance environmental justice and promote housing affordability.

To apply for program funding, an applicant must be an existing FTA recipient – either a project sponsor of an eligible transit project or an entity with land use planning authority in the project corridor. To ensure that work meets the needs of the local community, transit project sponsors and land use planning authorities must partner to conduct the planning work.  The application period will close on Monday, July 25.