Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Transit in California, 2017

California’s 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan awards point incentives for proximity to transit.

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 7 points – The project is located where there is a bus rapid transit station, light rail station, commuter rail station, bus station, or public bus stop within 1/3 mile from the site with service at least every 30 minutes (or at least two departures during each peak period for a commuter rail station) during the hours of 7-9am and 4-6pm, Monday through Friday, and the project’s density will exceed 25 units per acre.
  • 6 points - The site is within 1/3 mile of a bus rapid transit station, light rail station, commuter rail station, bus station, or public bus stop with service at least every 30 minutes (or at least two departures during each peak period for commuter rail station) during the hours of 7-9am and 4-6pm, Monday through Friday.
  • 5 points - The site is within 1/2 mile of a bus rapid transit station, light rail station, commuter rail station, bus station, or public bus stop with service at least every 30 minutes (or at least two departures during each peak period for a commuter rail station) during the hours of 7-9am and 4-6pm, Monday through Friday.
  • 4 points – The site is located within 1/3 mile of a bus rapid transit station, light rail station, commuter rail station, bus station, or public bus stop. For Rural set-aside projects, full points may be awarded where van or dial-a-ride service is provided.
  • 3 points – The site is located within 1/2 mile of a bus rapid transit station, light rail station, commuter rail station, bus station, or public bus stop.
  • 2-3 points – If the applicant commits to provide to residents free transit passes or discounted passes priced at no more than half of retail cost. Passes shall be made available to each Rent Restricted Unit for at least 15 years.

“Light rail station” or “commuter rail station” includes a planned rail station whose construction is programmed into a Regional or State Transportation Improvement Program to be completed within one year of the scheduled completion and occupancy of the proposed residential development.

A private bus or transit system providing service to residents may be substituted for a public system if it (a) meets the relevant headway and distance criteria, and (b) if service is provided free to the residents.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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