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FTA funds transit-oriented development planning


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a total of $22.97 million to 23 organizations to support projects that improve access to public transportation, including rail.

The funds are from the FTA’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning pilot program, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems to improve access, encourage ridership and spur economic and mixed-use development, FTA officials said in a press release.

Of the 23 organizations, 12 will use the funds for TODs near rail stations. Those awards include: 

  • $2 million to the city of Phoenix to plan for TODs at nine stations of the proposed Capitol/Interstate 10 West light-rail extension;
  • $2 million to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District in San Francisco to plan for TODs at six existing heavy rail stations in the Richmond BART corridor;
  • $2 million to Sound Transit in Seattle to plan for TODs at six stations of the planned light-rail extension from Lynnwood City Center to downtown Everett, Washington;
  • $1.75 million to the city of Seattle to plan for TODs at up to 14 stations as part of the West Seattle Ballard Sound Transit Link light-rail extension;
  • $1.58 million to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California to conduct detailed planning for TODs at the proposed 28th Street, downtown San Jose and Santa Clara heavy-rail stations of the BART to Silicon Valley Phase II extension;
  • $1.2 million to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District in Illinois and Indiana to plan for TODs at existing commuter-rail stations along the South Shore Line and proposed commuter-rail stations in the West Lake corridor;
  • $1.2 million to Portland Metro to plan for TODs at 13 stations of the proposed Southwest Corridor light-rail project;
  • $1 million to Dallas Area Rapid Transit to plan for TODs at five stations along the Dallas Central Business District Second light-rail alignment project;
  • $700,000 to the Riverside County Transportation Commission in California to plan for TODs at eight stations of the Perris Valley Line commuter-rail line;
  • $700,000 to Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District in Oregon to plan for TODs on the proposed west extension and east portion of the MAX Red Line light-rail service;
  • $600,000 to the Denton County Transportation Authority to plan for TODs at six potential commuter-rail stations along a 25-mile segment of the existing Kansas City Southern freight rail line in Denton County, California;
  • $275,000 to the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to plan for TODs at four stations of the proposed UTA TRAX light-rail extension from Draper to Lehi; and 
  • $250,000 to UTA to plan for TODs at three stations of the proposed FrontRunner South commuter-rail extension from Provo to Payson.


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