Why This Book?
Transit-oriented development can be used as a tool to support family-friendly communities and high-quality education. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a mix of housing, retail and/or commercial development, and amenities in a walkable neighborhood with high-quality public transportation. Interest in TOD has grown across the country to achieve multiple goals, including:
Reduced automobile trips and greenhouse gas emissions;
Increased transit ridership and transit agency revenues;
The potential for increased and/or sustained property values near transit;
Improved access to jobs for households of all incomes;
Reduced infrastructure costs, compared to what is required to support sprawling growth;
Reduced transportation costs for residents;
Improved public health due to increased walking and biking;
Creation of a sense of community and place.
Recent TOD projects have often catered more to young professionals, empty nesters or other households without children, as these…
There are 10 schools within the Tysons study area. At present, 4 schools are over capacity. In five years, 2 additional schools are projected to be over capacity for a total of 6 schools over capacity. Over the past two years, FCPS has experienced a significant increase in enrollment (5,000+ students) and anticipates a continuation of such growth.
Child Care At Transit-Oriented Developments—An Innovative Idea
Simply put, including a child care center in a transit-oriented development (TOD) can help move the project forward to completion. This guide will show you how other developers have benefited from incorporating child care centers in their plans. It’s full of hands-on case studies, tips and resources for private and non-profit developers—and for city planning, transit, or redevelopment agencies.
Communities, cities and development and transit agencies are increasingly recognizing child care as an economic driver—as essential as jobs and housing. As a result, they are finding innovative ways to help support child care facilities, such as using transportation funds. Smart growth and congestion management, air quality, green industry and other funding sources can also be tapped.
Many local governments are even incorporating child care goals and policies into their general plans. San Leandro, California, intends to…
This document shows how density affects planning for new students and new schools in Fairfax County Virginia. Specifically, we can see the specific ratios of students that will be generated by a new dense development. This is an example that cities and school districts can follow when discussing higher density housing additions to the community, and the expenses that result.
Over the past several years, the private vehicle has become the predominant mode of travel to school while walking and bicycling rates have decreased. Some suggest that this change in travel behavior contributes to negative health outcomes in children, including increased rates of 1) overweight/obesity through inactivity and 2) pedestrian and bicyclist fatality and injury. A series of recent policies and programs directly attribute the change in travel behavior to school to the urban form of communities. Limited research exists to support this hypothesis, however. The fundamental questions of whether and how urban form impacts a child’s trip to school must to be answered in order to develop effective interventions aimed at increasing rates of walking and bicycling activity and safety.
This research proposes a conceptual framework to examine the nature and shape of the relationships between urban form; interpersonal, demographic and social/cultural factors;…