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Bus Rapid Transit and Development: Policies and Practices that Affect Development Around Transit

A 2009 report prepared by the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute, Center for Urban Transportation Research, on behalf of the Federal Transit Administration has been added the Resource Center best practices database.  "Bus Rapid Transit and Development: Policies and Practices that Affect Development Around Transit" explores the relationship between land use and bus rapid transit (BRT) system development in comparison to other fixed-guideway modes such as heavy and light rail.

"As illustrated in cities such as Ottawa and Boston, significant economic development can occur around bus rapid transit stations," the reasearchers note.. The development that has occurred includes a mix of land uses including commercial, retail, residential, office, industrial, and civic, which is likely to ensure the sustainability of the particular area in which it occurs.

Researchers also not that a  particular city’s approach to the transit culture shapes whether or not development occurs. "These policies and the local climate may be more of an important factor than the issue of permanence of a transit system."

Read the executive summary and download the report.