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Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

The Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) is an opportunity for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to support growth in the individual municipalities of the Delaware Valley through initiatives that implement the region’s long-range plan, Connections 2040 Plan for Greater Philadelphia. Central to this effort is to ensure greater quality of life choices by providing and maintaining essential infrastructure, supporting local and regional economic development, and linking land use and transportation planning, through:

  • Supporting local planning projects that will lead to more residential, employment or commercial opportunities in areas designated for growth or redevelopment;
  • Improving the overall character and quality of life within the region to retain and attract business and residents;
  • Enhancing and utilizing the existing transportation infrastructure capacity to reduce demands on the region’s transportation network;
  • Reducing congestion and improving the transportation system’s efficiency by promoting the use of transit, bike, and pedestrian transportation modes;
  • Building capacity in our older suburbs and neighborhoods;
  • Reinforcing and implementing improvements in designated Centers; and;
  • Protecting our environment through growth management and land preservation.

TCDI provides a mechanism for local governments 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 region’s long-range plan. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as a number of counties within the region, have current programs to support community development. TCDI seeks to support and leverage those state and county programs, by providing funding to undertake planning, analysis or design initiatives which implement the long-range plan and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system.

Through fiscal years 2002-2015, DVRPC has distributed $14.6 million to over 120 different municipalities, county governments, and nonprofits 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 Investments 2002-2015

Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

FY 2015 TCDI Recipients [0.2 MB pdf]

FY 2002-2015 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 TCDI funded projects.

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.

TCDI: Administrative & Fiscal Requirements Packet

The start date for work associated with TCDI projects is September 25, 2014. All work on the project must be completed by June 30, 2016, no extensions will be granted. Final invoices must be submitted by August 15, 2016. Reimbursement for any costs incurred after the start date are contingent upon the receipt of accurate and complete contract and budget documents and the subsequent execution of a contract between the Project Sponsor and DVRPC.

In order to enter into a contract, we will need the contract documents outlined in the TCDI Administrative & Fiscal Requirements Packet [1.9 MB pdf] received during the post-award meeting with DVRPC. The following documents must be submitted for contract execution:

  • A Competitive Selection Certification Form for every consultant providing services on the contract with costs greater than $10,000;
  • A Consultant Budget and Scope-of-Work for each consultant providing services on the contract;
  • A Project Sponsor Budget and Scope-of-Work for each entity providing in-kind services as match;
  • A copy of the contract between the Project Sponsor and each Consultant providing services on the contract.

Once all contract documents have been received, DVRPC will furnish a contract for your execution.

Please forward contract documents and inquiries to:

Chanelle Ridgeway, Contracts Administrator,
190 N. Independence Mall West – 8th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520,