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Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

The Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) is a grant program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) that supports local development and redevelopment efforts in qualifying municipalities of the Delaware Valley. Begun in 2002 to reverse the trends of disinvestment and decline in many of the region's core cities and developed communities, TCDI provides a mechanism for municipalities to undertake locally-directed actions to improve their communities, which in turn implements their local and county comprehensive plans and supports the goals and vision of the long-range land use and transportation plan. It seeks to support and leverage state and county programs by providing funding in selected areas to undertake planning, analysis, or design initiatives for projects or programs which enhance development or redevelopment and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system. Funding for TCDI program comes from a combination of state Transportation dollars and federal STP funds. Through fiscal years 2002-2012, DVRPC has distributed $12.4 million to over 140 communities throughout the region for TCDI planning grants. These projects are located in the downtowns, commercial centers, neighborhoods, transit corridors within the region's older suburbs and Core Cities of Camden, Chester, Trenton, and Philadelphia.

TCDI Goals

The TCDI program targets transportation investments in a sustainable way. Federal transportation funds are used to provide planning grants to local governments and select non-profit organizations to create plans that link transportation improvements with land use strategies, enhance established communities, and build upon existing public and private assets. The adoption of TCDI set into motion the ideology of coordinating regional transportation planning with local land use planning and decision-making.

TCDI strives to create more vital and livable neighborhoods in the region's core cities and disadvantaged communities by:

  • Supporting local planning projects that will lead to more residential, employment, or retail opportunities;
  • Improving the overall character and quality of life within these communities to retain and attract businesses and residents;
  • Enhancing and utilizing the existing transportation network infrastructure capacity in these areas to reduce the demands on the region's transportation network; and
  • Reducing congestion and improving the efficiency of the region's transportation network

FY 2015 TCDI Program

As the goal of TCDI is to support growth in the individual municipalities that seek to undergo initiatives that implement the long-range plan, TCDI grants are now available to all municipal and county governments within the DVRPC region. TCDI applications must be made by the local government or county. Municipalities may apply for a maximum of $100,000 in TCDI funds for any single project. County governments may also apply for individual projects or on behalf of several communities in the case of a multi-municipal effort. Projects involving two or more municipalities may apply for a maximum of $175,000 in TCDI funds.

The program has changed, so please be sure to read through the eligibility requirements.

FY2015 Program Application Guide [0.6 MB pdf]

Prior to submitting a completed TCDI application, applicants must attend the informational pre-application meeting*. DVRPC staff will provide instructions on the application process, project evaluation, and project selection.

The pre-proposal meeting will be held 4pm-6pm, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at DVRPC Offices, 8th Floor of ACP Building, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106. All attendees must RSVP for the meeting to kpcilurso@dvrpc.org.

*A local government official (staff, elected or appointed) must represent the municipality or county. Consultants to the local governments are not considered representatives for this meeting.

All questions regarding the application must be addressed via email to kmorris@dvrpc.org. To see what questions have already been received and answered, click TCDI 2015 Questions and Answers, [0.4 MB pdf] updated March 24, 2014.

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TCDI Investments 2002-2012

Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

FY 2012 Pennsylvania TCDI Awards [0.1 MB .pdf]

FY 2012 New Jersey TCDI Awards [0.1 MB .pdf]

FY 2002-2012 TCDI Awards [0.1 MB .pdf]


Improving One Community at a Time

Improving One Community at a Time is a publication of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission which highlights our livability grant program, the Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI). Each newsletter provides information on how DVRPC’s investment has impacted the region and highlights a specific county and project.

Volume I – April 2012

Volume II – November 2012

Volume III – February 2014


Program Evaluation

DVRPC has completed two Program Evaluations of the TCDI Program. These reports provide an overview of the TCDI program and evaluate the administration, project selection, and funding investment throughout the region.