The Metropolitan Transit Authority (“METRO”) of Harris County, Texas is pleased to announce a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for transit-oriented development compatible with METRO’s proposed Cypress Park & Ride (“Cypress”). The purpose of the RFP is to seek proposals from qualified developers (“Proposer”) to develop, manage and operate transit oriented development in association with the Cypress Park & Ride.
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.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) has increasingly moved from a planning theory to built projects. Over 100 TODs and an additional 100 joint development projects currently exist in the United States. Over the past two decades an important trend has been occurring with TOD as a growing number of communities have married Light Rail Transit (LRT) and TOD as part of an integrated strategy to revitalize American cities. Along the way LRT has evolved to become both a people moving and a community building strategy. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has come to recognize that link in elevating land use as an important consideration for New Starts recommendations. With the competition for federal funding at an all time high, land use can make a difference in which projects are recommended for federal funding. Yet transit adjacent, not transit-oriented development remains the norm in most communities.
Previous DART System Plans have been very specific about the types of technology and alignments to be followed, focusing on implementation of major fixed guideway projects. The 2030 Transit System Plan focuses on service strategies and the range of transit vehicle technologies that could meet objectives of selected transit service strategies. Thus, emphasis is placed on applying appropriate transit vehicle performance characteristics to mobility needs with the ultimate technology decision determined during subsequent, more detailed studies and alternatives analysis.
Increased traffic congestion, loss of open space, infrastructure costs, and a desire for more housing options have all made smart growth an increasingly powerful strategy for building and revitalizing communities, catalyzing economic development and protecting the environment.
Evidence of this trend is every-where. Of the 189 ballot initiatives in 2002 related to state and local conservation, 141 were approved. Elected in 2002, Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romney, Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm and Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendellare poised to make smart growth actions a high priority.
Smart growth projects nationwide were built in record numbers, continuing a five-year upward trend, reported “The New Urban News,” an industry publication that tracks new development. Cities and towns across the country are re-examining and changing comprehensive plans, zoning and other building regulations to make smart growth possible.
The study that resulted in this book was initiated in September 2001 to examine how decisions about public transportation, land development and redevelopment, and historic preservation have complemented one another in dozens of communities nationwide. The goal of the study was to demonstrate how transit and historic preservation act as compatible forces to revitalize communities. We set out to illuminate the many ways in which communities of all sizes have restored their urban or suburban cores and made full use of those centers’ capacities to help metropolitan areas grow sustainably. We wanted to find out how historic preservation values are informing community planning for public transit, and how these values are being used in development decisions intended to promote transit use.
As its surname indicates, Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a transit mode. Its middle name reflects that fact that it runs on rails. Why is it called “light”? That depends on who and where you ask. In Britain the term “light railway” is applied to any rail mode that is scaled down from the common size of mainline railroads. In previous years, even some of the lines that operated short freight trains pulled by diminutive steam locomotives were classified as light railways. It was not until the 1970s that the term “light rail transit” came into use in the United States. There was no formal definition of LRT at that time, but it was generally understood to mean an urban rail transit form that was leaner and less costly thanother rail modes.
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.