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The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCD-COG) was awarded $860,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for transit-oriented development along the proposed 21.5-mile Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) corridor.

The funding comes from the DOT’s Federal Transit Administration will be applied to the second phase of development planning, following an initial grant awarded in 2018. This second phase focuses primarily on developing a strategic plan for implementing equitable transit-oriented development including a combination of commercial, residential, office and entertainment centered around or near transit stations.

“Transit-oriented development along the LCRT line will enhance community connections to food, jobs, education and healthcare,” BCD-COG executive director Ron Mitchum said in a press release. “Walkable, mixed-used, vibrant and connected communities are the clear vision of this effort.”

The funding will fill the gap needed to employ development tools developed in the first phase of the project, including:

  • Equitable infrastructure and housing needs assessment
  • Fiscal impacts and benefits analyses of equitable transit-oriented development strategies
  • Equitable transit-oriented development implementation support — codes, ordinances, affordable housing development and adoption 
  • Market assessment and community vision updates
  • Public engagement

The Federal Transit Authority awarded more than $11 million to 20 different projects in 12 states this month through its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning to support comprehensive planning efforts.