Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI)

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2020 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) Program

NOACA runs a Planning Study program for transportation initiatives that promote regional benefit. Communities may submit applications for consideration during our open application period each year. Applications for community-based planning studies that do not provide a larger regional benefit will not be considered eligible.  Examples of studies that provide a regional benefit and that have been considered by NOACA are:

  • Downtown Cleveland Transportation Connectivity Study
  • Regional Metroparks Trails/Transportation Connections Study
  • Regional Lakefront Transportation Connections Study

Also, check out NOACA's new tool:  TLCI Design Flexibility Guidelines. This tool helps communities navigate the process to create more flexible road designs.

For questions or concerns, please contact the NOACA office at 216-241-2414, Ext 275. 

The application period for the 2020 TLCI program closed on October 11, 2019. Applications are not currently being accepted.

About TLCI

NOACA'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: (1) planning and (2) implementation.

  1. Planning awards help fund planning studies that can lead to improvements to transportation systems and the neighborhoods they support.

  2. Implementation awards help communities move forward with the development and installation of infrastructure from past completed livability studies. Project sponsors are encouraged to submit minimum implementation requests of $100,000. However, projects requiring less than $100,000 will be considered if they exemplify the goals of the TLCI program. 


Contact us at at 216-241-2414 or

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