2011 Transit-Centered Development Grant Program
Applications are closed for the TSTC/One Region transit-oriented development grant program. Municipalities should receive notice of whether they have been selected to submit full proposals by Feb. 1. Full proposals will be due March 1.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the One Region Funders’ Group have announced a community assistance grant program to help municipalities develop more equitable, sustainable, and transit-friendly communities. The grant initiative builds upon an initial set of investments made in the spring of 2009.
The program intends to encourage transit oriented development, or mixed use development within a fourth to half mile of a train or bus station, by offering financial support to municipalities ready to address the linkages between affordable housing, energy efficiency and equitable development near transit stations. Up to ten small grants will be awarded to communities in downstate New York, northern New Jersey, and Connecticut (with a preference given to Fairfield and New Haven Counties).
Learn more by reading the official press release here.
February 2011 Transit-Centered Development Conference
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Over the past sixty years, land use decisions enacted by local municipalities promoted development further away from downtowns and main streets. These decisions encouraged suburban sprawl, opened more land for development and fostered a car-dependent way of life.
As congestion on roads grew, departments of transportation attempted to ‘solve’ traffic problems by widening and expanding roadways, which in turn led to development further away from downtowns, which in turn put more cars on the road. It is a vicious circle known as the ‘sprawl cycle’ and it has to stop. In essence, transportation and land use planners, not to mention elected officials, weren’t solving congestion but unwittingly promoting it.
This way of thinking is changing, however. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a comprehensive approach to tackling transportation problems by making intelligent land use decisions. The demand for walk-able, bike-able and transit oriented communities is growing with each spike in energy prices and as environmental awareness takes greater hold throughout mainstream America.
The new push for these types of communities has mirrored the demand for greater housing choice, as well. The demand for apartments, condominiums and cooperatives in downtown areas is growing quickly and shows no signs of ebbing. The saying is true; these are not our parents’ and grandparents’ suburbs any longer.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, supported by the One Region Fund, a partnership of private funders from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey learning and working together to advance and support transportation planning and reform in the Tri-State region, recognizes this. In order to support this growing movement, this partnership funds an annual TOD Grant Program to support initiatives in municipalities that are interested in this movement, as well as, a this TOD resource clearinghouse to provide resources and examples for interested partners.
So read on, and see how your hometown can integrate some of these ideas into your community’s future!