Creating communities that are more “ transit-oriented” is one of the key goals of most land use and transportation plans in Metro Vancouver. Transit-oriented communities are not only more livable, sustainable, resilient and economically thriving, they also support higher levels of walking, cycling and transit and result in lower levels of automobile use and greenhouse gas emissions.
In response to requests from local government partners, TransLink has prepared this primer to highlight the key attributes of community design that most strongly influence travel behaviour. This is not an official policy document but is rather an effort to share current thinking on how community design can best support walking, cycling, and transit.
What are Transit-Oriented Communities?
Transit-Oriented Communities (TOCs) are places that, by their design, allow people to drive less and walk, cycle, and take transit more. In practice, this means concentrating higher-density, mixed-use,…
Two goals in TransLink’s Transport 2040 strategy are to have most trips in the Metro Vancouver, BC, region occur by walking, cycling and transit and to have the majority of jobs and housing in the region located along the Frequent Transit Network. To that end Translink has created a number of transit-oriented development documents. Four of those have been added to the Resource Center best practices.
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