Transit-oriented development (TOD) – typically defined as compact, mixed-use development within walking distance of a transit station – has emerged in recent years as a key strategy for fostering quality neighborhoods and reducing auto dependence. Despite the emphasis on TOD in many policy discussions, however, only limited information is available to help communities understand the likely development impacts of new transit investments. This report builds on a 2010 study by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD), Rails to Real Estate: Development Patterns along Three Recently Constructed Rail Lines, to examine the opportunities and challenges involved in promoting TOD in different types of neighborhoods, and the strategies that may be appropriate to catalyze TOD depending on the neighborhood context. By examining development patterns and public investment strategies through the lens of “development context” or “neighborhood type,” this report…
TRANSPORTFairmount Line Adds Two New Stations
As the Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line train peeled away from Readville one morning, a stocky conductor began collecting fares on the only car open to passengers.
URBANISM & DESIGNA Grand Vision for Richmond's Future
By 2035 the Richmond region will grow by roughly 200,000 households (435,000 people) and 200,000 new jobs. That's a mind-numbing number for a metropolitan region with barely more than 1 million inhabitants today.
URBAN ISSUESBid for FBI Building Sets off Healthy Competition
San Jose Mercury News
The FBI's announcement that it needs a new home has touched off a virtual real estate beauty contest, with communities around the region jockeying for the opportunity to attract the law enforcement agency-and attendant economic benefits-to their neighborhoods.
URBAN ISSUESObama's Budget Released
The Obama Administration has put forward an opening bid in what are sure to be contentious 2014 budget negotiations, issuing a solidly progressive transportation budget that calls for increased overall spending and continued investment in passenger rail.