TLCINOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) provides assistance to communities and public agencies for integrated transportation and land use planning and projects that strengthen community livability. TLCI advances the goals of NOACA’s Regional Strategic Plan by focusing on the following objectives:

  • Develop transportation projects that provide more travel options through complete streets and context sensitive solutions, increasing user safety and supporting positive public health impacts
  • Promote reinvestment in underutilized or vacant/abandoned properties through development concepts supported by multimodal transportation systems
  • Support economic development through place-based transportation and land use recommendations, and connect these proposals with existing assets and investments
  • Ensuring that the benefits of growth and change are available to all members of a community by integrating principles of accessibility and environmental justice into projects
  • Enhance regional cohesion by supporting collaboration between regional and community partners
  • Provide people with safe and reliable transportation choices that enhance their quality of life


The TLCI program consists of two components: the planning grant and the implementation grant. The planning grant component helps local partners fund planning studies that can lead to improvements to transportation systems and the neighborhoods they support. The planning grant program has led to dozens of completed studies over the past decade.

The implementation grant helps communities move forward with the development and installation of infrastructure from past completed livability studies. To deliver the grants, NOACA works in partnership with local staff from multiple agencies and areas to identify common projects, then helps in the programming of projects across the region. This component of the TLCI program is focused on smaller scale projects that can enhance the multimodal transportation system in northeast Ohio.

In order to minimize the ratio of grant administration costs to the implementation grants themselves, and to ensure proposed projects can provide a significant contribution to the TLCI goals, project sponsors are encouraged to submit minimum implementation grant requests of $100,000. However, projects requiring less than $100,000 will be considered if they exemplify the goals of the TLCI program.

2017 TLCI Grant Applications

NOACA is pleased to make available the 2017 TLCI Planning Grant and Implementation Grant applications. Please submit your online applications, with all attachments no later than 12:00pm EST on December 14, 2016. For questions or concerns about the application, please contact Ryan Noles at or 216-241-2414, extension 273.

2017 TLCI Planning Grant Application

2017 TLCI Implementation Grant Application

Please note that applications will only be accepted via the online forms linked above.

Program Guidance

For the procedures and guidelines that define the TLCI program, please refer to each section below.

Pre-award Workshop

A TLCI Grant Application workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at NOACA’s offices, 1299 Superior Avenue, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. TLCI planning and implementation grant applicants whose staff have no prior experience with the TLCI program are encouraged to attend. The workshop will provide applicants information on how the TLCI program works, how to complete the application for each grant, and what NOACA expects from TLCI planning and implementation projects. It will also provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application and review process and receive feedback on proposed applications.

Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative Policy 

TLCI Policy (Adopted January 23, 2015)

2016-18 TLCI Consultant List

TLCI Planning Grant recipients are required to seek proposals from consulting firms included on the consultant list. The list is valid for a 2 year time frame, and statements of qualification are renewed for each award cycle to reflect project portfolio and staff updates. The list can viewed here.

2006-2011 TLCI Evaluation

In 2012, NOACA began an evaluation of the TLCI program to assess the progress of past TLCI plans. The evaluation included analyses of NOACA’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), local capital improvement programs, and a survey of past TLCI sponsors detailing their implementation of plan recommendations. For the findings of the evaluation, see the report below.

 TLCI Plans and Reports

To view completed TLCI plans or reports, please visit the page below. Reports are organized by locality in PDF format. A map of TLCI Study Areas is also available below; for an interactive version, visit NOACA’s interactive GIS portal and select “TLCI” under “More…”

TLCI Program Documents




Land Use


Ryan Noles, TLCI Program Manager
216-241-2414 ext. 273

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