The transit rider or the customer generally has one purpose in mind - getting from here to there on transit with the greatest ease and convenience possible. The customer’s ease of transferring from one transit system to another is “connectivity.” It is important to understand that connectivity is measured from the perspective of the customer. While the transit operators, the funding agencies, and others may have their views and measures of connectivity, the customer’s perception is the standard against which service quality should be determined.
In the late 1990s, when Don Chen, Matt Raimi and I were researching our book, Once There Were Greenfields, we lamented the flight of business from America's central cities to increasingly outer suburbs and farmland... Read On
Colorado Springs retained Clarion Associates, teamed with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, LSA Associates, and ThermoRetec, to help the city implement the Comprehensive Plan’s vision of mixed-use activity centers that are compatible, convenient, and attractive. The team is specifically charged with identifying and making changes to the city’s zoning and subdivision codes, as well as to the city’s street standards, to encourage and promote the development of mixed uses as the new, preferred pattern of development.
The City and County of Honolulu (City) has initiated preparation of the Kalihi Neighborhood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan for three stations along the planned new elevated transit line in Honolulu - Middle Street, Kalihi, and Kapalama. The purpose of the overall assignment is to promote transit oriented land uses and improve neighborhood quality and character of the areas around the transit stations.
In spring of 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, was awarded a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to prepare the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan (Orange Line BRT Sustainable CIP). Metro, the City of Los Angeles, and SCAG retained Raimi + Associates and its consultant team of The Center for Transit-Oriented Development and Nelson\Nygaard to assist with the planning effort.
The Orange Line BRT Sustainable CIP identifies a range of improvements to the Orange Line and the fourteen station areas on its original alignment – such as land use changes, catalyst projects, streetscape improvements, and transit connections – that will increase transit use for commuters and discretionary riders, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and advance Metro’s sustainable development principles. The four main goals of the Orange…
Add Charleston, South Carolina, real estate analysts Diana Permer and Jim Chaffin to the chorus of observers who see the end of sprawl as we have known it. Permer is principal of the real estate consulting firm Permar Inc. and Chaffin is a principal with the development firm Chaffin Light Associates.... Read On
This Study presents an economic evaluation of the proposed Charlotte Streetcar, which would run on an approximately 10 mile corridor along Beatties Ford Road from Interstate-85 through Downtown and out along Elizabeth Avenue and Central Avenue to Eastland Mall. The central question addressed by this Study is how much funding could be anticipated from property-value based mechanisms, and what does this amount of potential funding mean for the feasibility of the proposed Charlotte Streetcar. The Study was prepared by BAE, a national urban economics and development advisory firm with expertise in transit-oriented development, in collaboration with Charlotte-based real estate firms Warren & Associates and Integra Realty Resources.