The Pilot Program for TOD Planning provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning in new fixed guideway and core capacity transit project corridors. As required by statute, any comprehensive planning funded through the pilot program must 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.
In FY2019, FTA will fund projects that strive to:
- Enhance economic development, ridership, and other goals established during the project development and engineering processes;
- Facilitate multimodal connectivity and accessibility;
- Increase access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic;
- Enable mixed-use development;
- Identify infrastructure needs associated with the eligible project; and
- Include private sector participation.
Projects must advance the metropolitan planning organizations metropolitan transportation plan. Applicants are expected to create substantial deliverables by the end of the grant period. Substantial deliverables are reports, plans and other materials that represent the key accomplishments of the comprehensive planning effort and that must be submitted to FTA as each is completed.
Any comprehensive planning work proposed for funding under the TOD Pilot Program must be associated with an eligible transit capital project. To be eligible, the proposed transit capital project must be a new fixed guideway project or a core capacity improvement project. A fixed guideway is a public transportation facility: (1) Using and occupying a separate right-of-way for the exclusive use of public transportation; (2) using rail; (3) using a fixed catenary system; (4) for a passenger ferry system; or (5) for a bus rapid transit system.
A core capacity improvement project is defined in statute as a substantial corridor-based capital investment in an existing fixed guideway system that increases the capacity of the corridor by not less than 10%. The term does not include project elements designed to maintain a state of good repair of the existing fixed guideway system.