The Ford Administration and its followers at City Hall would have us believe that transit developments in Toronto can be had essentially free of public cost and that the private sector, whatever that means, will pony up the investment to build the subway... Read On
Matt the Engineer asked for more on Transfer of Development Rights or TDR. So I thought I would respond with a very quick and simple post. Like most things land use, however, TDR is a pretty complicated topic to wade into... Read On
As we saw this morning, the city's having enough problems funding that 1.6-mile streetcar starter line from Union Station to Methodist Hospital (or close to). So how does it expect to stretch track over more than 40 miles in and three miles around downtown Dallas, which is the ultimate goal?... Read On
Livability and sustainability have been identified as top priorities by three government agencies: 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 and transportation development that plays a key role toward achieving the goal of livability and sustainability...
Despite the arrest of Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson on corruption charges, the head of joint development for Metro said the agency is moving "full speed ahead" with its search for a development partner at New Carrollton, a site that has attracted national attention for its potential as a large-scale, mixed-use, transit-oriented development... Read On
More than $8 billion of new development has occurred in light rail station areas. A study of MAX Blue Line light rail station areas found that development occurring after light rail investment has an average development density or Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 0.65 more than the average FAR for development outside of station areas. This means that for every 1,000 square feet of land area developed, station area taxlots realized an additional 650 square feet of building area. The rate of development within Blue Line station areas was 69 percent higher than elsewhere within a one-mile corridor extending along the light rail alignment. Low and moderate value lots within Blue Line station areas redeveloped at twice the redevelopment rate reported for low value lots outside of station areas.
Even as transit has become an amenity with value to a growing market segment, we continue to be mindful of the critical assistance transit can provide low income households. Through its joint…
WMATA is breaking new ground with its New Carrollton Metro station area development plans by doing its own planning, in concert with MDOT and the developer. If successful, this would become a model for future joint development projects. .. Read On
This report suggests a method for developing access and replacement parking strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District's Joint Development Program. It summarize the context for this issue, identifies problems associated with current replacement parking practice, outlines general principles for access/replacement parking, and recommends an access/replacement parking methodology... Read On
The Government Accountability Office has sent a report to congressional committees exploring what the federal government might do to facilitate the efforts of state and local agencies to fund transit systems by capturing the value generated by the transit-oriented improvements.