Washington, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit organization, was selected to lead a team of experts to support transit-oriented development (TOD) activities that will benefit economically distressed communities across the country. In the near future, the new National TOD Ladders Technical Assistance Initiative will bring together resources and training on public transportation, transit-oriented development, land use, urban planning, affordable housing, and community-based economic development to help local governments get the most out of transit investments.

Through this initiative, FTA will provide TOD technical assistance, which will include onsite visits to selected local governments, a new comprehensive website, and toll free call lines for individual assistance. FTA will make a formal announcement once the website and toll free lines are launched.