Purple Line FTA MTA TOD Planning Grant


In December 2018 the Maryland Transit Administration was awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The grant is a “TOD Planning Grant,” which funds collaborative planning work between local government agencies to plan for transit-oriented-development in the Purple Line Corridor.

The National Center for Smart Growth was a key partner in applying for the grant. On behalf of MTA, the NCSG will complete much of the grant work. NCSG is already heavily engaged in the Purple Line Corridor through the activities of the Purple Line Corridor Coalition.


PLCC Organization and Development

• Expand and formalize PLCC coalition structure to support stronger and more

coordinated efforts across the corridor

• Develop and implement a communications strategy, engagement plan

• Establish bi-county policy coordination

Technical Analysis and Strategies

• Develop multi-modal accessibility plan

• Conduct corridor TOD evaluation

• Develop corridor economic development plan

• Examine creative financing strategies and create financing strategy

• Prepare comprehensive TOD implementation strategy

Small Business Preservation

• Prepare business preservation assessment and strategy

• Advance strategic business support

Data Analysis and Dissemination

• Design/deploy corridor-wide, web-based monitoring tool

• Create web-based plan integration tool

Plan and Regulations tool


Federal Transit Administration

Maryland Transit Administration


(coming soon)




Project Leaders

Gerrit Knaap, Director, NCSG

Nick Finio, Associate Director, NCSG

Sheila Somashekhar, Director, PLCC

Project Team Members

Lily Murnen, MCP Student, NCSG

Hyunjoo Eom, PhD Candidate, NCSG

Zhenpeng Zou, PhD Candidate, NCSG

Kim Ross, Consultant, NCSG/PLCC

-Steve Brigham, Public Engagement Associates, Consultant, PLCC

Rich Kuzmyak, Transportation Planning Consultant

– ECONorthwest: Ian Carlton, PhD; Becky Hewitt; Michelle Anderson

Terry Moore, Good Next Steps, Management Consultant

-Lew Hopkins, Prof. University of Illinois, ret.

-Enrique Silva, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

-Manuel Ochoa, Ochoa Urban Collaborative, small business consultant

-Melissa Bondi, Enterprise Community Partners

Government Partners

  • The Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Montgomery County agencies in charge of Planning, Transportation, Housing, and Economic Development
  • Prince Georges County agencies in charge of Planning, Transportation, Housing and Economic Development
  • The Prince George’s and Montgomery County executive offices