Communities across the country have used the Center for Neighborhood Technology's (CNT) Housing + Transportation (H+T)® Affordability Index to more fully grasp and act on the relationship between development patterns, transportation behavior and household transportation costs.
This training and discussion explored how to effectively use the H+T Affordability Index for performance measures and in support of regional transportation planning under MAP-21. The training was held Sept. 30 in New Orleans, LA, by the Center for Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Public Health Institute and made available via webinar.
The two main goals of this session:
To demonstrate how H+T Affordability data and metrics may be used in the development of performance measures for regional transportation plans; and
To explore how MPOs and state DOTs might make effective use of H+T data and metrics for walkability, transit access, employment…
This video is from the August 14 webinar.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are critical sustainability partners and play an important role in planning and programming federal and state transportation funds. Current federal surface transportation legislation, referred to as MAP-21, includes several provisions that allow regions to advance sustainability projects such as transit-oriented development (TOD), bicycling and pedestrian trails, joint development, placemaking, and complete street policies, among other investments. This webinar explores provisions within federal transportation funding that regions can use now to begin implementing their sustainability plans. The mysteries behind acronyms such as CMAQ, STPP, TIP and TAP are revealed, including how these can each be used to support sustainability investments. Examples of MPOs utilizing the authority and flexibility within were shared, together with examples of how state and local funding are also being tapped to…
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) has been embraced around the country as a means to achieve sustainability goals, including reduced auto dependency and traffic congestion, as well as improved economic competitiveness. However, the process of actually implementing TOD varies based on a variety of physical, economic, and market conditions.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) – typically defined as compact, mixed-use development within walking distance of a transit station – has emerged in recent years as a key strategy for fostering quality neighborhoods and reducing auto dependence. Despite the emphasis on TOD in many policy discussions, however, only limited information is available to help communities understand the likely development impacts of new transit investments. This report builds on a 2010 study by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD), Rails to Real Estate: Development Patterns along Three Recently Constructed Rail Lines, to examine the opportunities and challenges involved in promoting TOD in different types of neighborhoods, and the strategies that may be appropriate to catalyze TOD depending on the neighborhood context. By examining development patterns and public investment strategies through the lens of “development context” or “neighborhood type,” this report…
Editor's Note: Transit ridership is growing and communities across the nation have been responding with new transit systems and major expansions, with mayors often leading the way. But as this week's excerpt from Are We There Yet? illustrates, and recent updates to the Transit Space Race underline, federal funding is falling further behind what is necessary.
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Interest in transit has boomed during the past two decades, and transit ridership is up 13 percent since 2000. The American Public Transportation Association, in its 2011 analysis of transit use, found that “Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation in 2011, the second highest annual ridership since 1957. Only ridership in 2008, when gas rose to more than $4 a gallon, surpassed last year’s ridership.”
Regions across the country are responding by building new…
TRANSPORTGreen Line to Medford Won't Open Until 2019
Daily Free Press
Despite a growing burden of debt, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority could begin construction on extending the Green Line from Lechmere to College Avenue in Medford and Union Square in Somerville in the coming months.
$3B Plan Would End Tolls on New Road
Austin American Statesman, via: @WalkableDFW
How could the state lure people away from Interstate 35 and onto the Texas 130 tollway several miles to the east? State Rep. Paul Workman has a $3 billion answer to that question: make it free.
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Some places just don’t have the density of jobs and residents and intensity of activity that justifies an investment in rail transit. Many of these communities are investing in bus and shuttle service as well as in programs that make it easier and more pleasant to carpool, walk and bike to jobs in an urban or suburban downtown, and to get healthier while doing it. Des Moines, for example, which has a population 400,000, has been investing nearly $2 million a year to make the downtown more walkable and create a network of bike lanes and trails.
Google — which offers job perks that are the envy of Silicon Valley, including chef-prepared food at all hours — is trying to make commutes as painless as possible by ferrying its pampered workers on shuttles that run on biodiesel, with leather seats, wi-fi, and even room for dogs. The Google shuttle carries a quarter of the company’s…