The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency within the U.S. Department of
Transportation, provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses,
subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries. FTA also oversees safety measures and helps
develop next-generation technology research.
On April 21, 2021, the FTA issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Pilot Program for
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning FY 2021. The FTA announced the availability of
$10,052,572 (grant amounts range from $250,000 to $2,000,000) in Pilot Program for TOD Planning
funding to support comprehensive planning associated with new improvement projects that integrate land
use and transportation planning in transit project corridors; and examine ways to 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.
The City is applying for a grant in the total amount of$1,000,000 with a minimum 20 percent City
matching requirement. The services covered in this grant work include outreach, market studies, and
Transit Neighborhood Planning.
FTA is seeking comprehensive planning projects covering an entire transit project corridor, rather
than proposals that involve planning for individual station areas or only a small section of the corridor, and
thereby ensure that planning work reflects the needs and aspirations of the local community and results in
concrete, specific deliverables and outcomes.
I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council authorize the Planning Department to apply for a grant
in the amount of$1,000,000, for the Federal Transit Administration's (U.S. Department of Transportation)
Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning FY 2021 grant funding, to support planning
improvement projects that integrate land use and transportation planning in transit project corridors, and to
request further Council authorization upon award of the grant.