The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) released an updated version of the Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide website. The online MITOD Action Guide at MITOD.org is designed to help local jurisdictions, planners and other stakeholders develop strategies to encourage mixed-income transit-oriented development (TOD) around planned transit stations.
[This is another in our series of expert blogs on TOD highlighting work and research that experts are doing in the field. The author, Yingling Fan, is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute.]
Public transportation plays an important role in addressing poverty, unemployment and equal-opportunity goals. Often, entry-level jobs are far from affordable housing. Moreover, low-income workers are often carless, or struggle with high gas prices. These factors make transit particularly important to working class people.
The Hiawatha light rail line opened in 2004 as the first link in the Twin Cities’ envisioned transitway system—a system that provides premium transit services including light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit. The transitways are expected to improve mobility and accessibility through reliable and rapid service, yet many question who benefits from them.
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