A livable community has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive features and services, and adequate mobility options for people, regardless of age or ability. As communities address the general shortage of affordable housing, preserving affordable housing in transit-oriented developments (TODs) is one of the challenges that communities can address to increase their livability.
TODs are compact, walkable, mixed-use communities that are developed around high-quality public transportation. Residents often prize these places for the advantages created by the proximity to transportation and other amenities. One consequence of this desirability is that it can increase land and property values, exacerbating housing affordability challenges.
As policymakers try to extend the benefits of TODs to affordable housing locations, they must ensure that those benefits are available to people of low and moderate incomes and to those with different mobility…
The proposed Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) line stretching from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul has the potential to revitalize the neighborhoods it passes through. Projected to carry nearly 43,270 passengers daily by the year 2030, the line is an opportunity for significant investment in the local economy through transportation infrastructure improvements. When completed, the increased mobility and accessibility along the corridor will provide opportunities for increased economic activity and provide existing businesses with the ability to reach new markets.
Many of the business owners along the corridor, however, are concerned about the negative impacts the construction process may bring. The proposed transit line is scheduled to begin a three year construction phase in 2010. Construction of light rail, like any large construction process, can significantly disrupt the normal business operations along a corridor. Potential impacts include the…
The material contained in the following chapters provides a uniform basis for project design of light rail transit (LRT) systems. These criteria serve as guidelines and do not substitute for engineering judgment and sound engineering practice. Exceptions may apply in special cases. Applications for exceptions to the criteria, deviation from the criteria, changes to the criteria, additions to the criteria, and other questions should be submitted in writing to the UTA Light Rail Transit Project Director and must be approved in writing before the modification is implemented. The basic goal of the project is to provide an improved public transportation system in a cost-effective, environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner. Design of project elements will be based on a “design to cost” philosophy.
The Redevelopment Agency of Murray City (“RDA”) requests qualifications for a Consultant to oversee, at the direction of the RDA, the Fireclay Redevelopment Project Area (“Project Area”). The Project Area is 97-acres centered on the 4300 South TRAX light rail station, and is planned for a mixed use Transit Oriented Development. This work will include project development coordination, design and construction with multiple development entities and property owners to create a cohesive, coordinated and integrated development in the Project Area, consistent with the vision of the RDA, the Fireclay Redevelopment Project Area Plan (“Plan”), and Murray City’s recently-adopted Transit Oriented Development Ordinance.