The Denver region is currently embarking on one of the most ambitious and extensive fixed-guideway transit expansions in the country. Other regions are watching closely to see how the network gets built out and if development patterns reorient themselves around new transit stations, hoping to emulate our success. The region’s cities and counties have been busy preparing land use plans for new stations over the past few years, yet so far most remain long-term visions, lying in wait until stations open or developers line up to build. There are also concerns that transit-oriented development will not benefit the populations which need it most—low-income households and communities of color--which typically spend a greater percentage of income on housing and transportation.
Indianapolis Star columnist Erica Smith's Oct. 2 commentary "Mass transit can help revitalize neighborhoods, too" explains that mass transit is more than moving people. In the article, Reconnecting America Program Director Catherine Cox Blair is quoted: "You really think about transit as being a market accelerator, not a market maker." Read the full article
Reconnecting America’s Jeff Wood has been named one of Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list. Wood, who is the chief cartographer and new media director for Reconnecting America, was nominated by his peers as a professional who has made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Wood’s work was judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his position and innovation in his field. Read More
Reconnecting America’s Jeff Wood has been named one of Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list. Wood, who is the chief cartographer and new media director for Reconnecting America, was nominated by his peers as a professional who has made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Wood’s work was judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his position and innovation in his field.
An article in the New York Times says, "As the Denver region embarks on a plan to contain sprawl and embrace mass transit, 'transit-oriented' developments are starting to appear. But one thorny issue has come up again and again: If Denver is committed to transit, how much parking should it build?" Helping answer that question is Reconnecting America Program Director Catherine Cox Blair. Read the article.
"After years of fruitlessly fighting for sprawling light-rail plans, Kansas City is moving swiftly to build a smaller rail line linking Union Station to the River Market area," reports the Kansas City Star. Reconnecting America New Media Director and Chief Cartographer Jeff Wood was interviewed for this article. Read the article.
Real Estate Law & Industry Report, a consolidated legal news source on the wide-ranging issues that affect commercial real estate attorneys and professionals, includes an article on the Center for Transit-Oriented Development's Portland TOD work and an interview with Reconnecting America Project Director Abigail Thorne-Lyman.
Today Housing California released its evaluation of Prop 1C TOD housing program funding. The Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act (Proposition 1C), passed by California’s voters in 2006, authorized $2.85 billion in general obligation bonds to fund 13 housing and development programs. The program allocated funding over two years but unfortunately those were the same years that the housing market crashed and many of the projects have yet to be constructed.
The Department of Transportation’s efforts to make the US transportation system and its own operations greener extend to every part of the department. And on Earth Day 2011, the department had a table with reading material. Among the pamplets and brochures were copies of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development's TOD series books. These books were created by Reconnecting America and its CTOD partners under its contract with the Federal Transit Administration.