WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $250,000 to the Western Reserve Transit Authority (WRTA) for a comprehensive transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for the Market Street Corridor in the City of Youngstown and Boardman Township.  The plan will guide future efforts to enhance economic development and growth in the Market Street Corridor by concentrating real estate development, improving the transit service, and making street improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Both Youngstown and Boardman Township have invested resources in studying this corridor for development.  Market Street is the mostly heavily travelled transit corridor in WRTA’s fixed route bus system.

“Youngstown, Boardman Township and WRTA are using proven strategies to enhance economic development in partnership with the private sector,” said Brown. “This federal investment will help plan the future of Market Street, a future with more development, better transit service and street improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

These funds are provided by USDOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Brown, who serves as the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee which oversees FTA, championed further investment in the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, the source for the grant.  Brown was the lead negotiator for Senate Democrats on the public transportation title of the FAST Act, the multi-year transportation law enacted in 2015 that reauthorized and funded the pilot program.