Federal Transit Administration Announces $16.6 Million to Improve Transit Access in Selected Communities Around the Country

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USA: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it has awarded a total of $16.6 million to 20 organizations around the country to support comprehensive planning projects that improve access to public transportation. The funds are made available through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.  

The Pilot Program for TOD Planning provides funding to project sponsors who will integrate land use and transportation planning efforts with eligible transit projects. The grants will fund comprehensive planning to support transit ridership, multimodal connectivity, and mixed-use development near transit stations.

FTA’s TOD Pilot Program was established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012 and continued by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015. The program is authorized through fiscal year 2020.

Two airport access improvement projects were awarded the grant:

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Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) in Indiana will receive $320,000 to support planning along the Blue Line Rapid Transit project, a planned bus rapid transit line that will link downtown Indianapolis, the airport and the Town of Cumberland. The operation of the line is planned for late 2022.

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The City of Charlotte in North Carolina will receive $920,000 to plan for development along the proposed LYNX Silver Line, a light rail extension from Gaston County to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Uptown Charlotte, Mathews and Union County.

In November 2016, the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) approved staff's recommendation of light rail as the locally preferred alternative for the Southeast Corridor by adopting the LYNX Silver Line light rail alignment into the 2030 Transit System Plan