Austin, Texas Shows the Way to Plan and Design Transit Oriented Development
Capital Metro in Austin, recently published a set of outstanding resources for planning and designing Transit Oriented Development (TOD):
- The Transit Design Guide is a best practices manual for designing transit-supportive roadways and facilities to enhance bus and rail service and operations.
- The TOD Priority Tool provides a framework for evaluating development potential around high-capacity stations.
- The TOD Guide is a best practices manual for TOD and placemaking.
What is Transit-Oriented Development?
Transit-oriented development (TOD) is an attractive, walkable, and sustainable development pattern around high-capacity transit that maximizes transit ridership and offers residents ample vibrant housing choices and convenient access to jobs, services and diverse amenities.
The TOD Priority Tool
Capital Metro is taking a system-wide approach to encourage TOD along the high-capacity MetroRapid and MetroRail transit corridors and enable transit communities for all residents. The new TOD Priority Tool provides a foundation to guide public and private investment around transit stations through:
- Creating an implementation action plan tool through research and analysis of the existing state of transit oriented development
- Providing on the ground, station-level action items with the intent to foster implementation of TOD at high-capacity transit stations
- Establishing a close interrelationship between land use decisions and transit system efficiencies to improve both.
This TOD Priority Tool is focused on areas within a half-mile radius around high-capacity transit stations on the MetroRapid and MetroRail system.