A subset of Transit-Oriented Development, Joint Development refers to the development of real property that was purchased with FTA funds. More often than not, this real property is developed while maintaining its original public transportation purpose. This is done by placing residential, commercial, or community service development on, above, or adjacent to property that was purchased with FTA funds. Joint Development may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Commercial and residential development;
- Pedestrian and bicycle access to a public transportation facility;
- Construction, renovation, and improvement of intercity bus and intercity rail stations and terminals; and
- Renovation and improvement of historic transportation facilities.
To be eligible for FTA funds, Joint Development improvements must satisfy certain economic criteria, provide a public transportation benefit, and provide revenue for public transportation. Here is a list of the type of improvements and activities that may be funded by FTA as part of a Joint Development project:
- Real estate acquisition
- Site preparation
- Building foundations
- Open space
- Safety and security equipment and facilities
- Facilities that incorporate community services like healthcare and daycare
- Intermodal transfer facilities
- Transportation-related furniture, fixtures and equipment
- Project development activities
- Professional services
- Pedestrian improvements
- Bicycle improvements
To find out if your project qualifies as a joint development process, please review our joint development policy Federal Register Notice (PDF). If a grantee wishes to apply for FTA funding, the first step is to submit the Joint Development checklist (MS Word) to your FTA Region.
If you have a question that is not answered here about Joint Development, please refer to frequently asked questions.