Transit-Oriented Development

April 13, 2011, 8am PDT
Two transit-oriented developments in Salt Lake City have struggled to attract tenants. Critics say this is evidence that the whole idea of TOD is wrong, while supporters say they're just getting started.
Deseret News
March 28, 2011, 6am PDT
Rockville Town Square in Rockville, Maryland is a 12.5 acre mixed-use development that, despite being built in 2007 right as the housing crisis happened, is a raging success. Simmons Buntin looks at what developers did right.
Terrain.org
March 23, 2011, 12pm PDT
Built around a BART station in 1999, Oakland, California's Fruitvale Village has had a tough time keeping its retail space alive (as have many TODs). The property managers have learned some lessons over the years about how to overcome the challenges.
New Urban Network
March 7, 2011, 6am PST
A new report from the American Public Transit Association shows how transit riders are saving a bundle in comparison with car commuters, particularly when you factor in the rising cost of gasoline.
Treehugger
February 10, 2011, 12pm PST
Peter Calthorpe, author of "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change," speaks about his new book and the role of landscape architecture and new urbanism in the twenty-first century.
THE DIRT
February 7, 2011, 9am PST
Yonah Freemark dives into the 2010 Census, and finds clear evidence that focusing dense development around transit works to focus development.
the transport politic
February 6, 2011, 1pm PST
King Farm, a 440-acre development in the D.C. suburbs, was designed to be the perfect transit-oriented development, with a light rail to be built later. Now, residents have decided they don't want the transit to ever be built.
NRDC Blog
February 1, 2011, 9am PST
What makes effective transit-oriented development? Transportation planner Alan Huynh makes a good argument for the proximity to a cup of coffee as a defining characteristic of quality TOD.
The Alan Note
January 25, 2011, 12pm PST
With a new plan called "Connecting El Paso", the Texas city is on track for a transit-oriented future. Kaid Benfield says the plan is "nothing less than a comprehensive guide to smart growth design and implementation."
NRDC Blog
January 16, 2011, 9am PST
It was nearly 50 years ago, when streetcars were seen on the roadways of downtown Washington, DC. Dan Tangherlini, the former transportation director for the District discusses why streetcars matter in the United States capital.
The City Fix
January 13, 2011, 9am PST
Jeff Prant of Carbusters pays a visit to New York's Times Square, and marvels at its transformation into a true public square.
Carbusters Online
January 7, 2011, 1pm PST
California's high-speed rail project is in fact going to be built despite the state's looming budget crisis, but many are beginning to question what kind of impact the project will have if the right development around train stations is not met.
The Bay Citizen
December 18, 2010, 11am PST
In an interview with Arlington County Board Vice-Chairman Christopher Zimmerman, Jonna McKone asks the local official about current and future transit-oriented development (TOD) and managed growth in the Washington, D.C. region.
TheCityFix
December 9, 2010, 5am PST
The proposed 84-mile high-speed rail line connecting Lakewood, Orlando and Tamps would be the first of its kind in the country. But is it smart planning? Edward Russell reports.
Next American City
December 7, 2010, 7am PST
A new 28-mile expansion makes the city's system is the largest in the nation, but is it actually changing travel habits? Yonah Freemark investigates.
the transport politic
December 3, 2010, 11am PST
Vancouver's Cambie Street corridor is targeted for increased density by the city's planning department, with buildings up to 12 stories. A bed-and-breakfast owner who has run her business in the neighborhood since 1972 says enough is enough.
The Vancouver Courier
December 1, 2010, 1pm PST
Brendan Patrick Hughes examines what other cities can learn from the recently constructed Target Field.
Next American City
September 22, 2010, 6am PDT
Transportation authorities are working with tools that no longer fit the challenges of modern travel or environmental necessity, says David Kooris, vice president of the Regional Plan Association.
New Urban Network
September 13, 2010, 5am PDT
This past Friday, demolition began on a segment of Baltimore's infamous "Highway to Nowhere" to expand parking for the local commuter rail service (MARC). A side benefit: reuniting communities separated since the 1970s.
Office of Govenor Martin O'Malley Press Release
Blog post
September 7, 2010, 8pm PDT

Over the past decade more than $75 billion in public dollars has been invested in rail transit. Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver alone are investing an additional $65 billion to expand their systems and enhance the livability of their communities. The federal government will be asked to play a major role in funding each of those systems. Up until now the federal role in major transit investments has largely avoided the question of how we ought to design our transit systems to be good neighbors and leverage livable communities.

G.B. Arrington