Founded in 1991 and housed at San Jose State University in California's Silicon Valley, the Mineta Transportation Institute engages in a wide range of research on transportation issues, with a wealth of publications available on line.
The Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation administers federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers. The agency also publishes a number of studies on these topics, which are available on its website.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development working with the City and County of Denver, the City of Lakewood, the Denver Housing Authority, and Metro West Housing Solutions has produced this 2011 report on the strategy for transit-oriented development along the Denver Region's West Corridor.
This site, maintained by the California Department of Transportation (better known as "Caltrans"), contains links to reports with detailed information on transit-oriented development in ten U.S. cities outside California as well as more than 20 transit-oriented developments (TODs) in California. The reports include land uses, site maps, implementation processes, financing, facilities, zoning, design features, pedestrian access, transit services, photos, travel benefits, contact information, and other valuable data.
Promoting Opportunity through Equitable TOD: Making the Case, the first of three reports that cover different aspects of eTOD, provides a non-exhaustive review of the evidence and literature that demonstrates the importance of eTOD. A second report will illustrate barriers to eTOD and best practices for overcoming them, while the third will address the federal role in supporting eTOD.
This report from The Center for Social Inclusion examines the effects of housing, school, land, and wage policies on access to healthy food in communities of color. It offers recommendations to surmount these challenges, such as investing in cooperatively owned food enterprises and leveraging dollars from the Affordable Care Act’s community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals. The report also includes several reference guides to help community groups identify and confront the particular institutions, policies, and practices that promote structural racial inequity in their food systems.
Robert Hickey, Jeffrey Lubell, Peter Haas and Stephanie Morse
The Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s new report by Robert Hickey and Jeffrey Lubell measures how combined housing and transportation costs burden moderate-income households.Looking at the 25 largest metro areas in the United States and using newly available data, the report finds that the problem has not only gotten worse in the last decade but also that moderate-income households are disproportionately saddled by these heavier costs. Notably, transportation costs vary greatly and influence the overall affordability of metro areas significantly. Moderate-income homeowners also carry heavier cost burden than renters. The report offers policy implications of these trends and highlight promising approaches available to local and state governments that help make the combined costs of place more manageable for moderate-income.
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.
Erik R. Pages, Brian Lombardozzi and Lindsey Woolsey
This paper examines the current state of the U.S. rail transit industry along with its manufacturing supply chain and provides recommendations about potential changes for policy makers and NIST MEP to consider.