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Transit Oriented Development

To spur investment near transit

Who can apply

Applicants can include developers, non-profits, government entities, and other development authorities.
Projects must have a demonstrated financial need. Funds must be used within 30 months.

Types of projects

  • Development near eligible transit stops or stations
  • Public realm or infrastructure improvements that support walking, biking, and transit
  • Strategic property acquisition to preserve land for future transit oriented development

Application and funding timeline 

2021 TOD Guidelines

The application period opens Thursday, January 7, 2021 and runs through Thursday, February 4, 2021.

TOD grants are awarded annually as part of a coordinated development request for proposals posted in early January each year, and periodically in a fall round. 

Amount available

Approximately $2 million is available for the 2021 funding round.

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Program background

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is the creation of walkable, mixed-use, human-centered communities established around high-quality transit service. TOD projects are compact and typically include reduced or shared parking, increased density and emphasize the public realm through building orientation, and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle amenities.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners established the transit oriented development (TOD) program in 2003 to support both redevelopment and new construction that enhances transit usage. Since the program began, Hennepin County has awarded over $40 million to projects along key Hennepin County transit corridors such as Hiawatha, Central Corridor, Southwest, Bottineau, and other high frequency and express bus routes.

The TOD program criteria support projects in eligible areas that generally:

  • Enhance transit usage
  • Increase density along transit corridors
  • Reinforce both the community and the transit system
  • Exhibit a compact and efficient use of available space, rather than auto-oriented sprawl
  • Contain a diversity and mix of uses with daily conveniences and transit at the center
  • Support pedestrian-friendly physical design that encourages walking, bicycling and access for people with physical disabilities

Community impact

To date, we've invested over $40 million in 145 projects, contributing to: 

  • More than $1.3 billion in development
  • Over 8,300 new or retained housing units
  • 2,800 new or retained jobs
  • More than 2.1 million square feet of new or retained commercial and office space
  • New pedestrian and bicycle connections to transit


Ryan Kelley