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Chicago Launches Equitable TOD Pilot Program

The Lightfoot administration on Friday announced the launch of a new Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Pilot Program to support community-driven projects that promote healthy, affordable, and accessible development near transit. The pilot program supports the implementation of the City of Chicago’s recently adopted ETOD Policy Plan. 

Adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission last week, the three-part ETOD plan was developed over the past two years to foster more equitable transit-oriented development citywide. The plan’s goals include driving investment in transit-oriented projects on the South, West, and Southwest sides while also preventing displacement and promoting affordability in the North and Northwest sides of the city.  

“The ETOD Pilot Program is our city’s latest equity-focused and inclusion-driven effort that will aid in the revitalization of neighborhoods and leverage the incredible infrastructure assets they possess—CTA, Metra and Pace—to make them as vibrant, safe and sustainable as possible,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 


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