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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) this week launched its new Transit Supportive Community Development (TSCD) program.
Part of SEPTA's recently announced SEPTA Forward strategic plan, the new program is designed to improve access to public transit, increase equity and ridership, enhance local economies and reduce reliance on personal vehicles, SEPTA officials said in a press release.
Unlike traditional transit-oriented development programs, the TSCD program will guide and support development along corridors with frequent transit service — not just near SEPTA train stations, agency officials said.
"Development that supports and expands access to transit is key to reaping the benefits of public transportation, like reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced household transportation costs, and increased social mobility,” said SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie Richards.