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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last week announced that Smart Growth America has been selected to lead a team of experts to support transit-oriented development (TOD) activities aimed at benefiting economically distressed communicates across the country. The new National TOD Ladders Technical Assistance Initiative will bring together resources and training on public transportation, TOD, land use, urban planning affordable housing, and community-based economic development to help local governments get the most out of transit investments, FTA officials said in a new release. Through the initiative, the FTA will provide TOD technical assistance, which will include on-site visits to selected local governments, a new website, and toll-free call lines for individual assistance. FTA will make an announcement once the website and call lines are launched.