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In 2018, The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) and Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) collaborated with 10 municipalities surrounding the city of Pittsburgh to create Transit Oriented Development (TOD) toolkits that offer suggestions and funding opportunities for a more transit-friendly community. Although each toolkit was designed to address the municipality’s respective needs, CONNECT and PAAC observed little progress made towards the implementation process.

In 2021, CONNECT and PAAC partnered with Mobilify Southwestern Pennsylvania to provide further assistance to municipalities in their TOD efforts. Mobilify’s assistance in these efforts includes:

 

  • Conducting interviews with municipalities to understanding barriers
  • Creating an implementation guide to assist municipalities in their efforts
  • Locating funding opportunities for each municipality’s TOD plans

These preliminary assessments demonstrated that there are educational and political will barriers that have hindered the toolkit implementation process. From CONNECT, PAAC, and Mobilify’s continual discussions to further assist municipalities birthed the idea of an Implementation Support Group to provide technical assistance for municipalities through the following actions:

  • Create an “advance team,” where Mobilify and partners prepare municipalities and stakeholders for future TOD planning.
  • Build political will to make zoning modifications and accept broader development.
  • Prepare municipalities for funding opportunities by increasing their understanding of the impact of transit-friendly policies.

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