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County seeks $1.3M for Gateway Corridor station area planning

Washington County officials last month authorized an application to seek $1 million of federal funds to pay for Gateway Corridor station area planning.

The Federal Transit Administration is soliciting project proposals for the pilot program for transit–oriented development. The county will submit its application through the Metropolitan Council, the agency authorized to seek federal funds.

Washington County transportation planner Lyssa Leitner said the grants are typically awarded to those doing the work on the ground and implementing development.

“Their priorities are looking at corridors with significant challenges,” she said, adding that FTA is promoting public-private partnerships with these grants.

The county will meet with cities along the corridor to talk about ideas of where and how stations should be placed, but nothing has been set in stone yet.

“There will be robust community engagement,” she said, “working community by community, station by station, to make sure that they have specific plans and their needs are met.”

The grant requires a 20 percent match, but an overmatch is encouraged to increase the competitiveness of the application.

Washington County plans to seek a 30 percent match from Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) guaranteed funds in order to get a total of $1.3 million for the project.

Grant recipients are expected to be announced later this year.

Washington County Board put its stamp of approval on the grant application at the Tuesday, Oct. 21, meeting. The vote was unanimous and no additional discussion took place.

Riham Feshir
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