TRA recently completed a market analysis and feasibility testing for a transit oriented development (TOD) overlay/zoning ordinance amendment and guidebook for the City of Albany, NY, a project lead by The Cecil Group, Boston. Interestingly, the City of Albany has one active Bus Rapid Transit Line running from downtown to Schenectady. The Capital Region Transit Authority is proposing two other BRT lines emanating roughly from the same point downtown to other points west. The first line has had great success attracting riders. The question put to the consulting team was how can the BRT lines promote development within the city?
A July 2013 report by the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama exploring the use of land development as a funding mechanism for transit operating expenses has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.
Livability and sustainability have been identified as top priorities by three government agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In this inter-agency coordinated effort, transit systems are recognized as a bridge between urban development and transportation development that plays a key role towards achieving the livability and sustainability goal. While various transit development initiatives, such as integrated transit and land development and transit-oriented development, have been proposed in the past, many transit agencies in the United States are experiencing declining ridership and increasing dependence on government subsidies for operating costs. Compared to the US, several foreign counties have been very successful in transit development. One particular strategy is to encourage (and subsidize) transit service providers to compete and invest in land…
A lot of attention has recently been centered on what is considered to be “the most detailed portrait yet of income mobility in the United States” The study, jointly conducted by economics faculty at Harvard and UC Berkeley, reinforces past research on the subject of income mobility, in that children born into poverty face great difficulty in rising out of poverty over their lifetime. What makes this particular study unique is how it highlights the stark differences of opportunities for lifetime income mobility across the metropolitan areas of America, which, as summarized by David Leonhardt of the New York Times, “allows researchers to consider local factors that previous mobility studies could not – including a region’s geography.”
Simply having light rail doesn’t prompt people to drive less, according to researchers who looked at Denver’s existing light rail system. It is the integration of transit with the built environment that can prompt reductions in the vehicle miles driven.
An applied research paper presented to the faculty of the school of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master's degree in city and regional planning has been added to the Resource Center best practices data base.
Slides used in the video are available below.
Transit planning is well underway, lines have been built, but what more can partners do to leverage the potential of their networks to support transit-oriented districts and economic development goals? How can we ensure that new investment and development actually leverage our transit assets? What strategies will address equity issues like risk of displacement or training residents near transit for the jobs that transit connects? And how does one answer these questions for the tens, if not hundreds of stops in a transit system?
This webinar highlights an approach that many regions are taking to answer these difficult questions: the Regional TOD Strategy. Experts from the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Seattle regions discussed their experiences with developing, communicating and implementing regional TOD strategies that are grounded in an implementation, place-based typology approach that prioritizes station areas for different types of…
DC.StreetsBlog.org described the day's fireworks with the headline "Amtrak Foe Mica Meets His Match in John Robert Smith." Streetsblog's Capitol Hill editor Tanya Snyder offered a detailed summary of the exchange between Smith and MIca, the "self-appointed Amtrak bully-in-chief."
Chairman Denham, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. I am John Robert Smith, Co-Chair of Transportation for America, the country’s broadest and most diverse transportation coalition. Our members hail from the fields of transportation, housing, environment, public health, real estate, safety, and social equity, representing more than 500 different organizations. I am also the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national nonprofit that integrates transportation and community development. Reconnecting America is the managing partner of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, which conducts research and promotes best practices in development along transit lines.
I would like to thank the Subcommittee for holding this hearing on the role of innovative finance in intercity passenger rail. Functional, safe, and efficient transportation systems are one of the cornerstones upon which this…