Reconnecting America has completed an analysis of the economic and workforce development impacts of Denver's Southeast Rail Line and concluded that the 6-year-old light rail line has only supplemented what is already there, instead of acting as a driver of economic opportunity for residents of the region. This is the first in a series of reports by the Mile High Connects examining the opportunities and challenges of connecting middle-skill workers to economic opportunities through improved transit service and is meant to inform the planning of current and future transit corridors in the Denver region.
Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development held the third in its series of webinars on Sept. 20, 2011. "TOD Database: One Stop Shop for Station Area Data" introduced users to the functionality and potential applications of the TOD Database, a map-based website that provides comprehensive information on 4,610 transit stations across the country.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development today released the Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Plan created for the Metro TOD Program in Portland, Oregon. In conjunction with the release, CTOD published a web page providing guidance on how the plan contents can be nationally applied.
Today the Center for Transit-Oriented Development released its "Performance-Based Transit-Oriented Development Typology Guidebook,” a hands-on tool for identifying the different conditions that exist around transit stations and determining how that influences performance on a range of metrics.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) has released the "Creating Successful Transit Oriented Districts in Los Angeles: A Citywide Toolkit for Achieving Regional Goals" report, which assesses opportunities to improve land use and transportation linkages in communities surrounding 70 existing and planned transit stations in the City of Los Angeles. The report identifies strategies to help communities around transit stations achieve high transit ridership, increase mixed-income and mixed-use housing opportunities and create sustainable neighborhoods while offering its residents a wealth of travel options.
The Center for Transit Oriented Development has just finished a data-rich analysis of all 71 existing and planned rail stations in the City of Los Angeles and a TOD typology that organizes stations into place types based on their intensity (residents and workers in the half mile radius around stations) and mix of land uses. CTOD began developing TOD typologies several years ago to help cities and regions get a “big picture view” of all stations in their transit systems. CTOD has created typologies for Denver, Houston and Baltimore, and has been refining this approach with each new region.
A common misconception about transit-oriented development is that there is only one type of development that qualifies as TOD. “But we’re not Manhattan!” protest residents. “Our streets can’t handle the traffic!” some cities exclaim. “We need to preserve our park-and-ride capacity!” fret transit agencies. Cities, transit agencies, and communities often struggle with making decisions about station development, access, development, and planning outcomes. The diverse nature of transit corridors, modes, and local and regional land use context, cause this decision-making process to become complex and fragmented.
To address these problems, Reconnecting America’s Center for Transit-Oriented Development has developed typologies at two scales: the corridor and the district (or place). Typologies have the potential to simplify complicated decisions about transit and land use planning and communicate them to a wide audience by identifying the key decision points and relating…