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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 transit supportive regulatory documents.  In Round 5, Metro is also funding the Transit Oriented Communities Tax Increment Financing (TOC TIF) Pilot Program that will fund Los Angeles County jurisdictions to conduct studies to assess the feasibility of creating either an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) or a Community Revitalization and Investment Authority (CRIA).

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 transit supportive planning and in Round 5, TOC TIF studies, around eligible station areas.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

Eligible projects must result in the elimination of regulatory constraints to transit supportive planning 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. In Round 5, Metro is also funding TOC TIF studies.

Who is eligible to apply?

Funding is 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) and/or adjacent transit corridors.

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.

Can former awardees apply for funding again?

Yes, as long as no previous efforts are duplicated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How many months do awardees have to complete their project?

Awardees have 36 months to complete their projects.

How are applications evaluated?

Applications are evaluated by an internal panel representative of the County’s different regions.

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.

Can the grant agreement be modified?


When can work commence?

Upon final execution of agreement with Metro.

How are funds disbursed?

Disbursements of funds are made on a quarterly reimbursement basis.

Does Metro anticipate future rounds of funding?

Future rounds of funding TBD.

Can a jurisdiction apply for a grant to fund a regulatory effort that is already underway?

Yes, a jurisdiction can apply to secure grant funding for a project that is underway. However, the following considerations must be taken into consideration; the jurisdiction must intend to adopt the Plan within three year performance period, and the project must align with Metro’s Program Guidelines and the Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit.

If a jurisdiction is currently undergoing community engagement for another regulatory project, can these efforts be combined with community engagement planned for a Metro grant-funded project?

Yes, but all Metro funded work must be clearly attributed to the Metro grant funded work. Metro will not fund outreach activities for activities that extend beyond the scope of the grant funded work.

In Round 5, do projects have to meet all 10 Elements of Transit Supportive Places to receiving funding?

Applicants should review the Transit Supportive Toolkit and the 10 Elements of Transit Supportive Places-it is important to note that these practices need to be used together in varying degrees to achieve development patterns and transportation systems that create livable places while also increasing transit ridership and reducing GHG emissions. Applicants must assess whether the 10 Elements apply to community conditions and how they will advance a successful transit supportive plan. Projects that most comprehensively incorporate the Toolkit and comply with Program Goals and Objectives will be most competitive.

Are active transportation projects (e.g. streetscape improvements) considered eligible for the TOD Grant Program?

This Program does not fund constriction plans or construction activities. Metro has funded pedestrian plans and streetscape plans in the past. However, in Round 5 Metro is emphasizing comprehensive planning efforts. Active transportation regulatory plans are encouraged as part of a robust regulatory planning framework; they will not be funded as standalone projects.

In Round 5, for The TOC TIF Pilot Program, would a local jurisdiction be disqualified from applying to the program if they do not generate a property tax capture rate of .15 cents on the dollar?

Not necessarily.  The property tax capture rate can be identified using SCAG’s Technical Assistance Application. The Program Guidelines and the grant application allows for jurisdictions to describe other potential tax sources that might be leveraged. The grant program has limited funding, however, and projects that clearly meet the capture rate threshold or clearly identify and substantiate other funding sources to support the formation of an EIFD/CRIA and align with the Program Guidelines would be most competitive

Need additional information?

Contact Desiree Portillo-Rabinov Manager, Transportation Planning, Countywide Planning and Development at or 213-922-3039.