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Transit Supportive Planning

The TOD Planning Grant Program is designed to spur the adoption of local land use regulations that are supportive of Transit Oriented Development in Los Angeles County.

TOD Planning Grant Program Objectives

  • Increase access to transit by assisting local governments to accelerate the adoption of TOD regulatory frameworks;
  • Improve the transit network and increase utilization of public transit by reducing the number of modes of transportation necessary to access regional and local transit;
  • Further the reduction of greenhouse gases through encouraging in-fill development along transit corridors and transit use; and
  • Support and implement sustainable development principles.

Grant Rounds

Since the Program first launched in 2011, Metro has released four rounds of funding, as detailed below:

  • Round 1 awarded $4.8M to municipalities along the Expo Line Phases 1 & 2, Crenshaw/LAX corridor, and Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2A. Applications were due September 23, 2011. Awards were approved on December 15, 2011.
    Summary of Round 1 awards
  • Round 2 awarded $1M to municipalities, COGs, and JPAs for planning projects along Metrolink Stations, the Green Line South Bay Extension and the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor. Applications were due April 6, 2012 and awards approved on June 28, 2012.
    Summary of Round 2 awards
  • Round 3 awarded $9.4M to municipalities, COGs, and JPAs for planning at all Los Angeles County Metrolink Stations, as well as at all existing, planned, and proposed Metro rail and bus transitway stations. Applications were due September 10, 2012 and awards were approved on February 28, 2013.
    Summary of Round 3 awards
  • Round 4 awarded $6.3M to municipalities for planning projects within a one-half mile of existing, planned, or proposed Metrolink, Metro Rail, or Metro Transitway/Bus Rapid Transit stations and adjacent transit corridors. Applications were due June 15, 2014 and awards were approved on January 29, 2015.
    Summary of Round 4 awards

Future funding rounds TBD.


Round 4 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Metro’s TOD Planning Grant Program?
  2. What is the difference between the Metro’s TOD Planning Grant Program and Joint Development Program?
  3. What types of projects are eligible for funding?
  4. Who is eligible to apply?
  5. What is an eligible planned or proposed station?
  6. Can former awardees apply for funding again?
  7. Can a jurisdiction submit more than one application?
  8. Can jurisdictions submit a joint application?
  9. Is there a local match requirement?
  10. Is there a maximum amount of funding a project can receive?
  11. How many months do awardees have to complete their project?
  12. How are applications evaluated?
  13. When will grant agreements between Metro and the Grantee be executed?
  14. Can the grant agreement be modified?
  15. When can work commence?
  16. How are funds disbursed?
  17. Does Metro anticipate future rounds of funding?
  18. Need additional information?
  1. What is Metro’s TOD Planning Grant Program?
    Metro’s TOD Planning Grant Program awards competitive grants to Los Angeles County local jurisdictions in order to encourage the adoption of local land use regulations that create a regulatory environment supportive of TOD.
  2. What is the difference between the Metro’s TOD Planning Grant Program and Joint Development Program?
    The Metro Joint Development (JD) Program is a real estate management program that collaborates with qualified developers to build transit-oriented developments (TODs) on Metro-owned properties. These properties are often parcels of land that contain Metro Rail station portals or platforms or that were acquired for parking or construction staging for transit projects. Metro’s TOD Planning Grant Program is not involved in any specific development or construction projects. The TOD Planning Grant Program awards grants to local government to encourage TOD planning around eligible station areas.
  3. What types of projects are eligible for funding?
    Eligible projects must result in the elimination of regulatory constraints to TOD and/or the development of specific regulatory documents that can be adopted to promote transit oriented planning principles. These activities include, but are not limited to: new or amended specific plans, ordinances, overlay zones or general plans; transit village development districts; and environmental studies in support of the new or amended regulatory documents. Activities such as streetscape plans are not eligible as standalone projects. Capital projects or other construction activities are not eligible for funding.
  4. Who is eligible to apply?
    Funding for Round 4 was available to the County of Los Angeles and all cities with land use regulatory jurisdiction within a one-half mile of existing, planned, or proposed Metrolink, Metro Rail, or Metro Transitway/Bus Rapid Transit stations and adjacent transit corridors. Please note that the eligible Transitway/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines are Metro's Orange, Silver, and Wilshire BRT lines. This does not include Metro's Rapid Bus system. Also, cities and the County of Los Angeles were eligible for funding only if their proposed project area(s) is partially or fully within the ½ mile radius of a qualifying station(s).
  5. What is an eligible planned or proposed station?
    A TOD planning grant can be awarded prior to project approval and EIR certification. Eligible planned or proposed stations must be within a transit project that has at least completed an alternative analysis (AA) and the proposed location of the station(s) must be consistently identified in all the alternatives.
  6. Can former awardees apply for funding again?
    Yes, as long as no previous efforts are duplicated.
  7. Can a jurisdiction submit more than one application?
    No. Jurisdictions who wish to apply for funding for more than one station area are encouraged to submit only one application for all stations in order to achieve economies of scale and reduce duplicative efforts.
  8. Can two or more jurisdictions submit a joint application?
    Yes. One of the jurisdictions though must be identified as the primary contact for the agreement execution.
  9. Is there a local match requirement?
    No local match is required but any local match amount provided may be considered in evaluating the efficiency of the proposed grant effort.
  10. Is there a maximum amount of funding a project can receive?
    There is no maximum limit per application although one criterion for selection is the efficient use of the grant in terms of dollars spent and regulatory change to be achieved.
  11. How many months do awardees have to complete their project?
    Awardees have 36 months to complete their projects.
  12. How are applications evaluated?
    Applications are evaluated by an internal panel representative of the County’s different regions.
  13. When will grant agreements between Metro and the Grantee be executed?
    Following award approval by Metro’s Board of Directors, Grantees must develop a Scope of Work, Schedule, and Budget. Agreements will be executed once Metro approves these documents and the appropriate executing signatures are obtained.
  14. Can the grant agreement be modified?
    No.
  15. When can work commence?
    Upon final execution of agreement with Metro.
  16. How are funds disbursed?
    Disbursements of funds are made on a quarterly reimbursement basis.
  17. Does Metro anticipate future rounds of funding?
    Future rounds of funding TBD.
  18. Need additional information?
    Contact Elizabeth Carvajal, Transportation Planning Manager, Countywide Planning and Development at carvajale@metro.net or 213.922.3084.

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