Sending Office: Honorable Anthony G. Brown
Ensuring local communities have all the tools they need to maximize their economic development efforts and maximize the return of our federal investments should be a top priority for Congress in the next surface transportation reauthorization. As families
increasingly demand neighborhoods where they can live, work and play, incentivizing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in local and regional transit and land use plans will be critical to creating more walkable, vibrant, mixed-use communities that improve
mobility and quality of life; reduce congestion, pollution and sprawl; increase transit ridership; and, enhance opportunities to promote sustainable economic growth.
The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning enables states and localities that are developing new transit systems to apply for TOD planning funds around new stations. These competitive grants
allow communities to focus on integrating multiple modes of transportation into their land use plans to create productive places where people are actively living, working and spending time. This gives residents the greatest flexibility of choosing how they
move around while orienting and boosting economic development around transportation hubs. However, communities who want to use their existing transit systems as assets to push revitalization and redevelopment have no access to these funds.
Our legislation, H.R. 5255, the Maximizing Our Redevelopment and Efficiency for Transit Oriented Development (MORE TOD) Act, would build on the success of this program by allowing local communities with existing transit stations to apply
for these competitive grants and use the funds to promote commercial and mixed-use buildings, public spaces and inclusive residential units. To be eligible, the transit would have to be fixed guideway systems that were constructed with or received federal
funding. This bill also raises the existing authorized funding amount from a flat $10 million per year to $20 million for the first year, and an additional $1 million for each subsequent year until 2026.
ANTHONY G. BROWN ANN WAGNER
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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