New Starts: Leveraging the New Transit Policy Guidance To Create Inclusive Communities of Opportunity
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently released the Policy Guidance for the New Starts program after a lengthy public rulemaking process. The New Starts program is the primary federal funding source for new transit investments. Moving forward, the rating system for evaluating proposals for new transit expansions will include incentives to expand transit access to low-income communities, preserve existing affordable housing in transit corridors and develop additional affordable units near new transit stations.
These changes have significant implications for state, regional and local practitioners – including metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, housing agencies, housing and community and developers, and local government officials. This Policy Focus issue brief analyzes the details of the new guidance, describes the implications for various stakeholders, and makes recommendations based on best practices from regions across the country, including Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle.