Federal agencies team up on livability project

Any projects that apply for funding will be streamlined and evaluated in a collaborative effort by both agencies to smooth the process and create a more effective use of federal resources, he said. 

Grants for transportation planning portions of successful projects will be funded through the Department of Transportation's TIGER II discretionary grants program, and grants for housing planning will go through the HUD's Sustainable Community Challenge program.

"Projects will be considered holistically to better align transportation, housing, economic development, and land use planning," LaHood said on the blog. 

"It's pretty clear that housing and transportation decisions affect each other, and the best projects build that relationship into their planning. So it only makes sense to build the housing-transportation relationship into how we evaluate those projects for funding awards."