Greenville County gets transit-oriented development planning grant

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Greenville County was awarded a $355,000 federal grant to study a fixed-rail system that could connect downtown Greenville with Mauldin.

The Federal Transit Administration awarded this week a total of $16.6 million to 20 cities, counties, and organizations across the country for projects that improve access to public transportation. The grants will fund planning to support transit ridership, multimodal connectivity, and mixed-use development near transit stations, according to a news release.

Greenville County received the grant to plan for transit-oriented development “along a high capacity transit project being planned for the Laurens Road corridor between downtown Greenville and Mauldin.”

The money is available through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. Planning through the pilot program must examine ways to improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations, according to the FTA website.

One other South Carolina project received funding. The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments received an $880,000 grant to develop a transit-oriented development plan for 18 station areas along a proposed 23-mile bus rapid transit line from Summerville to Charleston.

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