Transit-Oriented Development

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority was founded in 1971 and is an independent state agency. The Kings Avenue Station, which broke ground in 2008, is the first planned transit-oriented development project in Jacksonville. The $60 million development plans to include two 8-story hotels and mixed-use developments that will feature residential, retail, and restaurants. The area is expected to have an urban design within two walkable city blocks. Other transit-oriented development project sites in the pipeline, include the Bay Street Station, Laura Street, and 200 Riverside. The agency held $649 million in assets and generated revenue of $126 million in 2010.

Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America

Gloria Ohland and Allison Brooks

In this report, Reconnecting America focuses on creating complete communities – places where people can live, work, move, and thrive in a healthier, more equitable, and more economically competitive way — and identifies opportunity areas — the places within our cities and regions where we can get a jump-start on this vision.  Rating all 366 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on indicators in four categories: Living, Working, Moving and Thriving, the authors offer examples of successful policies and strategies for “completing” communities — from zoning changes and suburban retrofits to community benefits agreements.

Transit 2020

The Transit 2020 Coalition is a direct result of the 2007 Growing Smart with Transit report, which promotes the development of a robust transit system for the Greater Providence Metropolitan Area and advocates for policy that supports transit-oriented development. The coalition proposes a transit system that provides easy links between modes, develops pedestrian and bike roots, as well as a unified fare system with high priority that would connect Providence with greater Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Northeastern public transportation systems. Read more about Transit 2020...

Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit research and education association. Founded in 1936, the institute now has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. In recent years, ULI has published a number of studies on implementing transit-oriented principles in development. Read more about Urban Land Institute...

Surface Transportation Policy Project

The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a nonprofit organization that leads a diverse, nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment. Read more about Surface Transportation Policy Project...

Reconnecting America

Reconnecting America is a nonprofit organization that focuses on reinventing the planning and delivery system for building regions and communities around transit and walking rather than solely around the automobile. Read more about Reconnecting America...

Congress for the New Urbanism

Congress for the New Urbanism is a Chicago-based non-profit organization founded in 1993. The group works with architects, developers, planners, and others involved in the creation of cities and towns, providing technical assistance to implement new urbanism principles, such as regional planning and walkable neighborhoods, within a framework that supports mixed-use (commercial-residential) and transit-oriented development. Read more about Congress for the New Urbanism...

Center for Transportation Excellence

The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) is an advocacy group that aims to: (1) defend the merits of transit and (2) equip local leaders with the information they need to be successful with their public transportation initiatives and ballot measures. Read more about Center for Transportation Excellence...

Center for Transit-Oriented Development

An advocacy group formed jointly by Reconnecting America and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, this group has been at the forefront of efforts to promote transit-oriented development, including through the 2004 book, The New Transit Town. Read more about Center for Transit-Oriented Development...

Center for Neighborhood Technology

This Chicago-based non-profit group focuses on promoting transit-oriented development and related strategies that foster sustainable urban development practices. Among its many areas of activity, the Center has promoted the idea of a “location efficiency mortgage,” in which lenders take into account the reduced transportation costs of residents in transit corridors, thereby enabling families to more easily qualify for loans in TOD neighborhoods. Read more about Center for Neighborhood Technology...

American Public Transit Association

The American Public Transit Association is an association of transit agencies and private firms that work in the public transit industry that advocates for strengthened and expanded public transportation. Its website includes a wide range of studies on the transit industry, including reports on public transit's economic development impact. Read more about American Public Transit Association...

Metro Transit Oriented Development

Portland has long been recognized as a national leader in transit oriented development, supported by its unique "Metro" regional government. Metro's TOD implementation program aims to bring about the construction of "transit villages" and projects that concentrate a mix of retail, housing and jobs in areas around regional light-rail systems and other transit lines. Read more about Metro Transit Oriented Development...

Kenosha Streetcar

This site, courtesy of the American Public Transit Association, provides a brief description of one of the nation's smallest cities to use transit-oriented development principles. Open since 2000, the streetcar has helped revitalize the harbor front of this city of under 100,000, located on the shore of Lake Michigan south of Milwaukee. Read more about Kenosha Streetcar...

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...

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...

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...

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...