In the Fall 2011 issue, Reconnecting America's Sam Zimbabwe, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, discusses our work with regional stakeholders to articulate the benefits and challenges of transit and transitoriented development (TOD) in regions around the country. Policy Director Sarah Kline summarizes Congress' big challenges and Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Deputy Policy Director Darnell Chadwick Grisby explore the implications for the nation of the America Fast Forward proposal that Los Angeles is pushing. Finally, Project Director Abigail Thorne-Lyman presents the second part of her series on collaborative partnerships, detailing what's needed to make this collaborations work.
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) is working to build transitoriented development (TOD) at the most intense level consistent with local community desires and market conditions throughout the south suburbs. By facilitating TOD SSMMA intends to increase the supply of quality mixed-income housing, revitalize local commercial districts, generate a significant number of jobs, build the local tax base, improve member communities’ capacities to foster development, increase transit usage, create viable alternatives to automobile use, and so improve the quality of life and natural environment in the southern suburbs and the metropolitan area.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (“METRO”) of Harris County, Texas is announcing a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) for transit-oriented development of the Texas Medical Center Transit Center (“TMC Transit Center”). The purpose of the RFQ process is to establish a short list of 4-6 real estate development firms capable of successfully completing a transit-oriented development. Developers are invited to submit their qualifications to METRO for evaluation with the objective of being included on METRO’s preferred developer short list from which a development team may be selected to build a project at the TMC Transit Center within the next 1-2 years.
With the growth of rail transit in the United States, transit agencies are engaging in a number of creative partnerships to support transit-oriented developments (TODs) around rail transit stations. Recent experience with rail projects in the United States reveals a number of strategies that transit agencies use to support TODs. This report presents a summary of recent transit agency practice with transitoriented development. This summary is based on materials produced by each agency highlighting their approaches to supporting transit-oriented developments and on interviews with key staff at each agency.
The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) in association with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), and in collaboration with the City of Baltimore, seek expressions of interest from experienced developers of mixed-use projects for the redevelopment into a mixed-use, transit oriented development (TOD) of Parcels E and F, adjacent to the State Office Building complex at “State Center,” in the heart of Baltimore’s Cultural District.
Policy Associate Sasha Forbes discussed urban sustainability and the connections between TOD and its impact on sustainability as a whole at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC. Forbes works on federal, state, and local level transit-oriented development policies and research projects, particularly as they relate to affordable housing, mixed-income housing, and sustainable communities.
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.
Reconnecting America Project Director Chris Yake will be in Boston to work on Transit-Oriented Development Rating Systems. The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) are partnering, with the support of the Barr Foundation, to develop a “rating system” for equitable transit-oriented development. This project is scheduled to be completed by November 2012.