Transit Improvement Areas (TIAs) are specially designated tracts of land near transit stations that support bus rapid transit, light rail transit or commuter rail and have the potential to increase ridership and stimulate new commercial and residential development.
Currently, the TIA program has no available funding and is not accepting new designation applications.
When funding becomes available, designated TIAs may apply for loans to help pay for commercial, residential and mixed-use development projects that involve one or more modes of public transit, increase ridership, and provide for safe, pedestrian-friendly use.
Statutory cities, home rule charter cities, counties and joint powers boards are eligible applicants. Designated TIAs must encompass a half-mile radius around a transit station. Transit stations and their corridors must be operational by the year 2020. At a minimum, qualifying TIA plans must include:
TIA plans with a residential component must propose at least 12 residential units per acre or a density bonus that allows for an increase in the number of residential units over what is permitted by the underlying zoning.
The plan must include a description of the variety of housing types - including housing appropriate for low-income persons, disabled persons, and seniors -and a breakdown of the rental or purchase prices for each housing type within the TIA.
Northstar Commuter Rail
Hiawatha Light Rail
Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit
I-35W Bus Rapid Transit
Central Corridor Light Rail
Southwest Light Rail
For More Information About TIA:
Contact Meredith Udoibok
651-259-7454; or toll-free at 800-657-3858