Grants awarded for transit-oriented development planning
USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced on December 18 that it is to award a total of $16·6m to 20 organisations under its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning.
Three of the grants are for projects in Florida. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is receiving $1·2m to plan for TOD along the proposed Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project connecting St Petersburg to St Pete Beach. Jacksonville Transportation Authority has $1·02m to plan for TOD along the proposed Ultimate Urban Circulator, which would convert the existing Skyway monorail to driverless operation. The FTA is granting $800 000 to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority to study TOD along a proposed fixed guideway corridor between Tampa and the University of South Florida.
In South Carolina, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments has been granted $880 000 to develop a TOD plan for 18 stops along a proposed BRT line from Summerville to Charleston. Greenville County has $355 000 to plan for TOD along a ‘high-capacity transit project’ planned to connect downtown Greenville and Mauldin.
To the north, the City of Winston-Salem is getting $1m to develop a plan for the proposed North-South Urban Circulator tram project, while the City of Charlotte has $920 000 to plan for development along the proposed LYNX Silver Line light rail extension.
Two grants also go to Texas. The FTA is giving VIA Metropolitan Transit $825 000 to plan for TOD along the North-South/Central Rapid Transit Corridor Project in San Antonio. Meanwhile, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority receives $600 000 to support TOD planning along the proposed MetroRail Green Line commuter rail corridor between Austin and Manor.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has obtained $300 000 to develop a TOD plan for a fixed guideway project proposed to run along Maryland Parkway into downtown Las Vegas.
Metro in Portland, Oregon, has $1·08m to identify affordable housing along a tram extension to Montgomery Park.
The City of Rochester, Minnesota, receives $765 000 to develop TOD plans for the proposed Rochester Downtown Transit Circulator BRT route. Interurban Transit Partnership in Michigan has $696 000 to plan TOD along the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit line, which connects Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming.
Chicago Transit Authority has $1·48m to plan for TOD along a proposed southern extension of the metro Red Line, while Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp, gets $320 000 to support planning along the Blue Line Rapid Transit project. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has $336 000 to plan for TOD along the MetroHealth Line BRT route.
The City of Jackson, Mississippi, is to receive $1m for development along the Oneline BRT project. Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has $250 000 to plan for TOD along the Rock Island Railroad Corridor.
The FTA is granting $2m to Maryland Department of Transportation for TOD planning along the Purple Line light rail line. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in New York is to receive $777 943 to zone for mixed-use development along the proposed Amherst-Buffalo Corridor Light Rail Extension project.