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Video: Making the Most of Transit Through Regional TOD Implementation - Seattle, Pittsburgh and Baltimore

Slides used in the video are available below.

Transit planning is well underway, lines have been built, but what more can partners do to leverage the potential of their networks to support transit-oriented districts and economic development goals? How can we ensure that new investment and development actually leverage our transit assets? What strategies will address equity issues like risk of displacement or training residents near transit for the jobs that transit connects? And how does one answer these questions for the tens, if not hundreds of stops in a transit system?

This webinar highlights an approach that many regions are taking to answer these difficult questions: the Regional TOD Strategy. Experts from the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Seattle regions discussed their experiences with developing, communicating and implementing regional TOD strategies that are grounded in an implementation, place-based typology approach that prioritizes station areas for different types of investments.

  • Ben Bakkenta, Program Manager and Sara Schott Nikolic, Senior Planner at the Puget Sound Regional Council (in Seattle) will highlight the Growing Transit Communities Implementation Typology which takes a quantitative look at urban form, market, and equity indicators to identify next steps in supporting the growth of equitable transit communities.
  • Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Director at the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, will describe the Allegheny County TOD Typology and Strategy, which is designed to leverage the region's current light rail and busway transit system towards community economic development goals.
  • Brian O'Malley, Director of Policy & Programs at the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, will describe how the Regional TOD Strategy completed for CMTA partners in 2009 has been implemented over the last four years.

Regional and community based organizations, MPOs, transportation and land use planners in both rapidly growing and slower growth regions will find this webinar useful to frame their thinking around TOD implementation.