Morandini explains, "The TRID really permits tax increment financing to support transit-oriented development with the option of utilizing new tax revenues to support new transit capital investments within the TRID area.
"If we generate new tax revenues through a private public partnership with the developer, part of that tax revenue can come back to the transit agency in addition to the usual beneficiaries which are the county, the school district and the Borough of Rochester."
Morandini stresses that the other thing they are trying to do with the TRID project is to think regionally so the program is successful across the state. "We have had a kick-off meeting and we are going to hold a public meeting later this month," Morandini says. "Try to get the public input as to what is their vision for the community, what quality of life issues they would like to see addressed."
She explains the strong educational outreach component they are working toward with this project, "We're definitely thinking beyond Beaver County borders in trying to educate the public in terms of integrating transportation and land-use planning." The Board of Leadership Pittsburgh will be organizing a breakfast event specific to this topic to draw other leaders in the community and educate them about the importance of this issue.
Between the ITS and TRID planning, BCTA has enough keeping it busy as it moves forward. That does not stop Morandini from making more plans. "There's already a developer who's interested in redeveloping a Brownfield in the southern part of the county in Ambridge so there's a great opportunity for another TRID project there." BCTA is also working with other agencies to develop a concept for a more seamless regional transportation system to coordinate service, fares, marketing and new technologies that would be a benefit to the customer.