The Downtown Transportation Fund is a financing tool which assists municipalities in paying for transportation-related capital improvements within or serving a Designated Downtown and elgible Designated Village Centers. Investment in the infrastructure of public spaces stimulates public investment and creates a sense of identity and pride in Downtowns and Village Centers across Vermont. Since its inception in 1999, the program has invested over $11 million to support 136 projects in 23 different communities leveraging over $49 million in additional funding.
Recently awarded projects include: a parking lot expansion in Brattleboro, sidewalk extension in Middlebury, Confluence Park in Montpelier, street lighting in Newport, Slate Quarry Park in Poultney, wayfinding signage in Springfield, and sidewalk reconstruction in St. Albans City.
New Eligibility for Designated Village Centers
In 2021 the Downtown Transportation Fund received a one time funding allocation of $5 million and expanded eligibility to Designated Village Centers that have participated in the Better Connections Program administered by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Community Development and Designated Village Centers within Chittenden County that have completed a comprehensive downtown/village center/community area planning process with public input, comparable to the Better Connections Program.
Eligible Designated Village Centers
Brighton, Chester, Danville, Enosburgh, Essex Junction, Fairlee, Hinesburg, Hyde Park, Jericho Riverside, Moretown, Northfield, St Albans Town, Underhill Flats, Waitsfield, Warren, Westford, West Rutland
Application Deadline: March 7, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.
Award Decisions: April 25, 2022 (or scheduled Board meeting)
Project Started: April 25, 2024
Project Completed: April 25, 2025
Final Report Due: May 25, 2025
Learn more about how Downtown Transportation Fund investments can transform your downtown at our blog post.
For more information about the Downtown Transportation Fund please contact Gary Holloway.