Definition of a Transportation Improvement District
"A geographic area defined for the purpose of securing required improvements to transportation facilities in the area," as described in the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Development Coordination Manual. A place where land use and transportation is planned in detail in advance, such that development consistent with that planning can pay a readily determined fee and forego the Traffic Impact Study process.
Purpose of a Transportation Improvement District
Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs) provide the transportation improvements needed to support land development in locations identified as appropriate for development in local Comprehensive Plans. Coordinating land use and transportation can lower infrastructure costs and foster planning for market-ready development / redevelopment opportunities. As a transportation-based impact fee, TIDs provide a way to equitably distribute the cost of transportation improvements triggered by development-related growth to the private sector benefiting from the facilities.