Congress recently reauthorized federal surface transportation programs in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation (H.R.4348). In addition to other transportation-related funding, the now Public Law (PL) No: 112-141 also includes funding for a new transit-oriented development (TOD) pilot program to provide grant funding for TOD-related activities. Under this new program, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to make grants to State or local government authorities to assist in financing comprehensive planning for projects that seek 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. The surface transportation reauthorization runs through September 2014.

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