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Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region

A new report from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, one of Reconnecting America's Center for Transit-Oriented Development partners, has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.

"Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century" details findings and recommendations of a report on transit zone performance in the Chicago region that CNT did for the Chicago's RTA. CNT found that Chicago was the only extensive-system transit city where household growth was greater away from transit than within the half-mile walking/transit shed.

Quick summary:

  • The report evaluates performance of Chicago Region’s 367 fixed Metra and CTA rail stations and station areas between 2000 and 2010
  • Development of transit zones in Chicago declined between 2000-2010; peer cities (NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco) saw positive growth
  • Household transportation costs in the Chicago Region rose at a faster rate than median household incomes between 2000-2010
  • Six station areas were chosen as case studies as they show commitment to TOD in diverse locations (Berwyn Metra, Elmhurst Metra, Grand Red Line, Highland Park Metra, Orland Park Metra, 18th Street Pink Line)
  • CNT recommends 5 policy actions to get Chicago’s transit-oriented development on track

Read the Executive Summary and download the full report