Lack of adequate transportation is often cited as a reason for not seeking or receiving health care by people who cannot or do not drive. Aware of the critical role that inadequate transportation access to health facilities plays in the health of Bay Area residents, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) initiated a study to investigate this problem. The resulting report, Roadblocks to Health, which was released in 2002 in conjunction with two social justice groups, looked at transit and walking access to health care in 15 low-income communities in the region. That study found that residents of Contra Costa’s low-income neighborhoods had the worst access to health care of the three counties studied. These communities have many residents that do not drive; at the same time, infrequent transit service and spread out land use make clinics and hospitals difficult to reach.
The California Endowment then funded TALC to initiate the Transportation Equity and…
The Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD), the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT), and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) are pleased to announce the availability of the TOD Infrastructure and Housing Support Program, or TOD Bond Program, to help support transit-oriented development across the Commonwealth.
Fear of traffic congestion and overcrowded street parking has led many cities to establish minimum parking requirements calling for developments to provide often excessive amounts of off-street parking. Aside from creating excess parking and adding to congestion by encouraging automobile usage, parking requirements have a tremendous negative impact on development of all kinds, especially affordable housing.
This paper will present the findings of a 2-year research project that defined community-based criteria for decision-making for the provision of light rail into underserved areas of Baltimore, Maryland, and delineated key areas along the light rail corridor to promote economic development opportunities, increase visual character, and strengthen community linkages. The research defined the guiding principles and strategies, hence, the framework in which a light rail line that is a clean, quiet, fast, and efficient mode of urban transportation, and that is likely to attract a diverse ridership, can be developed in Baltimore.
A church-based community development corporation on Chicago’s west side is using a recently modernized rail transit line as the backbone of an ambitious retail and single family home development plan that it hopes will transform some of this city's toughest streets.