Models and Best Practices: Transit-Oriented Development

Municipal Enterprise

Valley Transportation Agency

Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Agency operates many bus routes and a 3-line, 30.5 mile light rail system, which operates 24 hours a day. The transit system has heavily promoted transit-oriented development, seeking to increase ridership by designing higher-density housing and community services to be located near transit stops. Key projects include the Tamien Child Care Center (which allows commuters to drop off their children at childcare on the way to work), Almaden Lake Village Housing and the Ohlone-Chynoweth Mixed-Use Project.

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New State & Local Policies

Miami-Dade County Transit Joint Development

Miami recognized the importance of joint development as early as 1978, six years before the opening of its Metrorail transit system. Miami's first “joint development” project, known as the Datran, was a mixed-use project that included three office buildings, a hotel, and a shared-used parking garage. Miami has continued to pursue additional TOD projects since, including a mixed-use project at the Martin Luther King Plaza station, in which the transit agency partnered with a local community development corporation to develop a 5-story, 172,000 square-foot office building housing County agencies, including 13,500 square feet of ground floor retail.

Transit-Oriented Development

Bay Area Transit (BART) Station Area Planning

The BART system of the San Francisco Bay Area has placed increasing emphasis on transit-oriented development both to increase ridership and, as its website says, "to support and sustain BART operations with revenue from development." This website provides access to many BART station area development plans, including the one for the nationally recognized Fruitvale Transit Village in Alameda County. Read more about Bay Area Transit (BART) Station Area Planning...

Carrollton, Texas: Transit Oriented Development

Dallas' transit system has made significant use of transit-oriented development principles in its design. In 2010, three stations are scheduled to open in the suburb of Carrollton. In preparation, the city has adopted a master plan and hired a design firm to achieve its “vision for a transit-centered community built around passenger platforms and related mixed-use development.” Read more about Carrollton, Texas: Transit Oriented Development...

Central Corridor Funders Collaborative

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative is a group of local and national funders that supplements the programs and investments of its member foundations along the Central Corridor Light Rail Line by working with community groups and public agencies to encourage collaboration, investment, and planning. With the goal of investing $20 million over 10 years to improve access to affordable housing, foster a strong local economy, and create vibrant, transit-oriented places, the Collaborative has currently raised $5 million to date. Read more about Central Corridor Funders Collaborative...

Fruitvale Transit Village

Located in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, the Fruitvale Transit Village is an innovative collaboration of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and a local community development corporation (Unity Council) to combine affordable housing, community space, and retail establishments in a transit-oriented development project.  Completed in the mid 2000s, the award-winning, 257,000 square foot project built on former BART parking lots includes a pedestrian street and plaza; 47 units of mixed-income housing; 114,000 square feet of community services, including a clinic, library, and senior cen Read more about Fruitvale Transit Village...

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Atlanta has long pursued transit-oriented development as part of its mass transit rail system development. In 2006, MARTA was one of two recipients nationally of the Clean Air Excellence Award in Community Development from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 2005, MARTA earned $3.1 million in revenue from land it leases for transit-oriented development projects. Read more about Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority...

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Joint Development program

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs the Washington DC "Metro" bus and rail transit system, has been one of the nation's leading practitioners of transit-oriented development. Annual lease payments exceed $6 million a year and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in nearly Arlington, Virginia is widely seen as one of the most successful transit oriented development projects nationwide. Read more about Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Joint Development program...

Transit-Oriented Development

Bay Area Transit (BART) Station Area Planning

The BART system of the San Francisco Bay Area has placed increasing emphasis on transit-oriented development both to increase ridership and, as its website says, "to support and sustain BART operations with revenue from development." This website provides access to many BART station area development plans, including the one for the nationally recognized Fruitvale Transit Village in Alameda County. Read more about Bay Area Transit (BART) Station Area Planning...

Carrollton, Texas: Transit Oriented Development

Dallas' transit system has made significant use of transit-oriented development principles in its design. In 2010, three stations are scheduled to open in the suburb of Carrollton. In preparation, the city has adopted a master plan and hired a design firm to achieve its “vision for a transit-centered community built around passenger platforms and related mixed-use development.” Read more about Carrollton, Texas: Transit Oriented Development...

Central Corridor Funders Collaborative

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative is a group of local and national funders that supplements the programs and investments of its member foundations along the Central Corridor Light Rail Line by working with community groups and public agencies to encourage collaboration, investment, and planning. With the goal of investing $20 million over 10 years to improve access to affordable housing, foster a strong local economy, and create vibrant, transit-oriented places, the Collaborative has currently raised $5 million to date. Read more about Central Corridor Funders Collaborative...

Fruitvale Transit Village

Located in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, the Fruitvale Transit Village is an innovative collaboration of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and a local community development corporation (Unity Council) to combine affordable housing, community space, and retail establishments in a transit-oriented development project.  Completed in the mid 2000s, the award-winning, 257,000 square foot project built on former BART parking lots includes a pedestrian street and plaza; 47 units of mixed-income housing; 114,000 square feet of community services, including a clinic, library, and senior cen Read more about Fruitvale Transit Village...

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Atlanta has long pursued transit-oriented development as part of its mass transit rail system development. In 2006, MARTA was one of two recipients nationally of the Clean Air Excellence Award in Community Development from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 2005, MARTA earned $3.1 million in revenue from land it leases for transit-oriented development projects. Read more about Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority...

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Joint Development program

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs the Washington DC "Metro" bus and rail transit system, has been one of the nation's leading practitioners of transit-oriented development. Annual lease payments exceed $6 million a year and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in nearly Arlington, Virginia is widely seen as one of the most successful transit oriented development projects nationwide. Read more about Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Joint Development program...

New State & Local Policies

Miami-Dade County Transit Joint Development

Miami recognized the importance of joint development as early as 1978, six years before the opening of its Metrorail transit system. Miami's first “joint development” project, known as the Datran, was a mixed-use project that included three office buildings, a hotel, and a shared-used parking garage. Miami has continued to pursue additional TOD projects since, including a mixed-use project at the Martin Luther King Plaza station, in which the transit agency partnered with a local community development corporation to develop a 5-story, 172,000 square-foot office building housing County agencies, including 13,500 square feet of ground floor retail.

Municipal Enterprise

Valley Transportation Agency

Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Agency operates many bus routes and a 3-line, 30.5 mile light rail system, which operates 24 hours a day. The transit system has heavily promoted transit-oriented development, seeking to increase ridership by designing higher-density housing and community services to be located near transit stops. Key projects include the Tamien Child Care Center (which allows commuters to drop off their children at childcare on the way to work), Almaden Lake Village Housing and the Ohlone-Chynoweth Mixed-Use Project.

Read more about Valley Transportation Agency...