The secretaries of the US Department of Transportation and HUD have announced their intent to focus efforts on promoting the construction of housing near public transit in order to create more affordable and sustainable communities. Reconnecting America has long encouraged the US DOT and HUD to integrate transportation and land use planning in order to create true affordability and sustainability, based on research showing the impact of transportation on both the cost of living and greenhouse gas emissions.
The demand for transit in the U.S. has never been greater, with ridership at its highest levels in 50 years and almost 400 new rail, streetcar and bus rapid transit projects proposed in large and small regions from Massachusetts to Hawaii, according to a new report by Reconnecting America.
This new, comprehensive report was funded by the Federal Transportation Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The report examines five case study regions- Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Minneapolis, and Portland- to better understand the proactive strategies being undertaken to create and preserve affordable housing near transit.
Cities across the U.S. are returning to an “old” technology – streetcars – to service all the new higher-density condo, live-work, and loft development occurring in their downtowns, according to a new book by the national nonprofit organization Reconnecting America. Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in the Twenty-First Century