Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning


The Pilot Program for TOD Planning provides funding to local communities to help them integrate land use and transportation planning with new capital investment in transit. The program supports comprehensive planning to improve economic development, improve transit connectivity and access for pedestrians and cyclists, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations.

DOT awards these funds to local and state government entities. Individual organizations may be able to guide their local governments’ use of funds, but cannot access them directly.


Applicants must be FTA grantees (i.e., existing direct and designated recipients), as of the publication date of the funding announcement.

Role In Creative Placemaking

While not eligible for direct funding, practitioners may have opportunities to partner with eligible recipients to integrate arts or culture based elements into the transit oriented developments funded with this grant program.


Federal funding share will not exceed 80%


Transit-Oriented Development along bus rapid transit corridor – Saint Petersburg, FL

Transit-Oriented Development near proposed downtown circulator – Rochester, MN

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.