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Spurring Private-Sector Development Along Transit Corridors

A new report by the University of Minnesota examining the perspectives of developers and business leaders on achieving transit-oriented jobs-housing balance along the Twin Cities transit network has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs conducted a series of conversations with Twin Cities developers and business executives aimed at developing strategies for attracting a wide range of affordable housing choices and living-wage jobs to transit station areas. The research approach centered on in-depth, open-ended interviews with developers and business leaders.

Questions focused on primary site selection factors, the role of transportation/transit access in site selection and how that role might change as the regional transitway system matures. Interview transcripts were analyzed through both close readings by the research team and computer content analysis.

Researchers found significant, pent-up demand for transit accessible locations along with significant obstacles to actually selecting them, including automobile-centric development regulations, the lack of zoning allowing TOD’s to be built by right, and a need for employers to continue meeting current employees’ automotive access needs while preparing for future employees’ transit access demands.

This research was conducted for the Metropolitan Council as part of the Corridors of Opportunity Initiative and funded in part by the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant awarded to the council by HUD, the EPA and USDOT.

Read the executive summary to Achieving System-Level, Transit-Oriented Jobs-Housing Balance: Perspectives of Twin Cities Developers and Business Leaders  and download the full report.