Transit-Oriented Development

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More than 75% of jobs in the US are located five miles or more beyond central business districts, but most low income workers are concentrated in urban communities, where housing is more affordable. This dislocation of home and work means low income workers are often burdened with additional transportation costs in order to get, and keep, their jobs. LIIF’s transit-oriented development (TOD) program invests in projects that place affordable housing and vital community services close to accessible transportation. This helps low income people to reduce the cost of commuting and have access to retail and other services close to home. LIIF’s TOD program provides social, economic and environmental benefits to low income families and their neighborhoods.


LIIF uses its expertise in leveraging public and private dollars to create innovative financing tools that address the unique and complex challenges of TOD projects. LIIF also uses New Markets Tax Credits to finance certain portions of TOD projects.
Community Capital for TOD
New Markets Tax Credits


LIIF has supported equitable TOD projects in major markets that have increased low income people’s access to employment opportunities and saved families money through reduced housing and transportation expenses.
Examples of TOD Projects


LIIF works with philanthropic and public sector partners to support equitable TOD projects; encourage policymakers to support federal transportation and community development investments that ensure access to transit for low wealth communities; and advocate for the inclusion of essential services, such as child care facilities and schools, near TOD sites to build strong, sustainable local economies.
More about Our TOD Policy Work

Resources & Publications

Visit our Publications page for articles and publications about TOD