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Opportunities and Challenges for TODs in Southern California

"By encouraging development around transit, expanding the supply of housing, and offering convenient transit as a modal choice, TODs are an indispensable component of a regional strategy to reduce traffic and accommodate growth in ways that preserve longterm sustainability."

ACCESS Magazine's Spring 2013 article, "Opportunities and Challenges for TODs in Southern California," has been added to the Resource Center's best practices database.

The article by Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Urban  Planning in UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, uses two Los Angeles County light-rail lines -- the Blue Line, which opened in 1990, and connects downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach; and the Gold Line, which opened in 2003 and links downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena -- to illustrate TOD development in the historically automobile-centered Los Angeles region and explain the new-found popularity of transit-oriented development in Los Angeles.

Loukaitou-Sideris concludes, "By encouraging development around transit, expanding the supply of housing, and offering convenient transit as a modal choice, TODs are an indispensable component of a regional strategy to reduce traffic and accommodate growth in ways that preserve longterm sustainability."

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Uses two Los Angeles County light-rail lines -- the Blue Line, which opened in 1990, and connects downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach; and the Gold Line, which opened in 2003 and links downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena -- to illustrate TOD development in the historically automobile-centered Los Angeles region and explain the new-found popularity of transit-oriented development in Los Angeles.
concludes, "By encouraging development around transit, expanding the supply of housing, and offering convenient transit as a modal choice, TODs are an indispensable component of a regional strategy to reduce traffic and accommodate growth in ways that preserve longterm sustainability."