Reconnecting America Project Director Chris Yake will be discussing "How station area typology can drive decisions" at the March 29 Futurewise's Transit-Oriented Communities Brownbag Series in Seattle. From the organization's website: "Futurewise's Transit-Oriented Communities: A Blueprint for Washington State publication and the Seattle Planning Commission's Seattle Transit Communities report are the first two attempts at typology in the region. And right now the Puget Sound Regional Council is in the midst of its own typology process to evaluate the north, east, and south corridors of the light rail extensions. There couldn't be a better time to discuss station area typology and its potential impact . We have a stellar line-up of presenters." More information here.
TCRP Report 153: Guidelines for Providing Access to Public Transportation Stations provides a process and spreadsheet-based tool for effectively planning for access to high capacity transit stations, including commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and ferry. The report is accompanied by a CD that includes the station access planning spreadsheet tool that allows trade-off analyses among the various access modes (automobile, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit-oriented development) for different station types. The potential effectiveness of transit-oriented development opportunities to increase transit ridership is also assessed.
This report and accompanying materials are intended to aid the many groups involved in planning, developing, and improving access to high capacity transit stations, including public transportation and highway agencies, planners, developers, and…
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National: LaHood Announces Major Transit Streamlining
During his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Obama called on federal agencies to cut red tape in construction projects. Accepting that challenge, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today proposed a significant change in the way major transit projects compete for federal funds by streamlining the process and making decisions more responsive to local needs. ..
Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.
Blogosphere: Hopes for Infrastructure Progress Glum
The contributions of the Obama Administration to the investment in improved transportation alternatives have been significant, but it was clear from the President's State of the Union address last night that 2012 will be a year of diminished expectations in the face of a general election and a tough Congressional opposition...
Introduction to TOD Handbook
The City of Winnipeg’s new planning framework – anchored by OurWinnipeg and the Complete Communities Direction Strategy – is founded on environmental, social and economical solutions. This framework will prioritize building complete communities and accommodating growth and change in a sustainable way. This will be done by balancing growth in new and existing communities with intensification in certain areas of the city – namely, centres and corridors, major redevelopment sites, and downtown.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a key component of this balanced approach. By enabling density, mixed use, accessible urban design and sustainable transportation options, it:
contributes to the overall sustainability of the city,
provides a valued complement to existing land use patterns, and
offers a lifestyle option that appeals to many people.
A variety of sites can accommodate TOD, including, but not limited to, former industrial sites…
Planning at public transport stations often involves an uneven field of stakeholders with varying degrees of interest in a station and its immediate area. Because a controlling or integrating influence among these stakeholders is often absent, station area planning is usually divided into its component parts and therefore the outcomes are not well integrated... Read On
TransLink operates an integrated regional network of transit services that includes automated rail rapid transit, commuter rail, passenger ferry, highway coach, bus, trolley bus, community shuttle and para-transit. Every transit stop, station, exchange and their surrounding environments acts as a gateway to the transit system and represents the public face of TransLink.
TransLink has set a target for 2040 that more than half of all trips in Metro Vancouver will be made by walking, cycling or transit. TransLink has also articulated a Vision, Mission and Values Statement that focuses on building transportation excellence and enhancing livability by providing a sustainable transportation network that is embraced by the communities and the people it serves.\
This document has been prepared to support TransLink in achieving its long-term targets, with the following objectives to:
ensure consistent quality and design of transit passenger facilities across transportation…
Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development held the third in its series of webinars on Sept. 20, 2011. "TOD Database: One Stop Shop for Station Area Data" introduced users to the functionality and potential applications of the TOD Database, a map-based website that provides comprehensive information on 4,610 transit stations across the country.
What's the difference between good transit-oriented development and great transit-oriented development? The answer is laid out in the new Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) report, "Connecting the West Corridor Communities: An Implementation Strategy for TOD along the Denver Region’s West Corridor."