Gateway City TTOD Planning and Design Competition

Call for Participants

MassINC invites Gateway City planning and development teams to participate in the 2020 Transformative Transit-Oriented Development (TTOD) Planning and Design Competition. The purpose of the competition is to connect Gateway City planning and development teams and community-based organizations with budding urban leaders from our state’s universities and colleges. Click here to see the Call for Proposals document which includes an overview of the competition’s guidelines, requirements, and scoring factors.

This competition pairs each city’s planning and development team(s) with students and community groups to plan and design either a transit-oriented district plan or a tactical project that will connect important places of activity and growth with your high-capacity transit hub. If cities are already paired with a student team, this competition will help bring the project to the attention of state leaders and potential funders.

The proposals can include plans, pilot programs, or pop-up projects for transit-oriented districts around multimodal train stations or transportation hubs, with a priority on improving access to rail and other public transit and non-motorized active transport (e.g., walking, biking, scooter) options. Plans and tactical interventions that can be implemented quickly and at minimal cost—but introduce residents and visitors to alternatives to car travel in transit-oriented districts—will be given priority. Each proposal and resulting project should clearly demonstrate how it will catalyze the virtuous fiscal, environmental, and equitable growth benefits we identify in our 2018 TTOD report.

Our project coordinator, Rachel Klein, and Dr. Tracy Corley will work closely with cities to find the right student team from our state’s universities and colleges. The student team will work with the city and community partners to identify the critical problem area(s) to address in each city and submit a proposal for consideration. We will select proposals that the students will present at a statewide pitch clinic in early December. Judges will select the semifinalists based on each team’s written proposals and oral pitches. Semifinalists will then plan and design their projects for final judging and presentation at a State House event in April 2020.

We will share the winning projects with funders for implementation during the summer and fall of 2020. Implementation funding is not guaranteed, but we currently have interested funders, depending on the scope and impact of the projects.

We hope that interested participants will join us on October 1, 2019, at 3 PM for an information session so that we can match cities with the right team: register here.

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