Review literature explaining transit ridership, critiques weaknesses in previous studies, draws conclusions from the more rigorous studies and recommends steps needed to better understand and explain transit ridership.
Traffic, congestion and related pollution in large cities could be problems of the past with the implementation of a futuristic, personal rapid transit system called SkyTran, according to the system's designers. Unimodal Inc., the project's overarching company, originally looked at ASU's Polytechnic campus as a possible site for the first track, said Jon Fink, director of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability. ...Read On
A trio of papers that look into transit ridership and the factors influence the decisions on how to get from here to there have been added to the Best Practices section.
Office Development, Rail Transit, and Commuting Choices
While housing is generally the focus of transit-oriented development discussions, job centers are equally important, according to a paper by Robert Cervero, professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
"In the end, concentrating housing near rail stops will do little to lure commuters to trains and buses unless the other end of the trip—the workplace—is similarly convenient to and conducive to using transit.," Cervero concludes.
In California, central business district office workers with rail stations nearby are nearly three times more likely to commute by transit than workers in decentralized employment centers. Factors…
As our issues have evolved, our staff has as well. I have had a busy year of interviewing to search out the best talent for Reconnecting America as opportunities have arisen.
It was with a mi xture of sadness and happiness that we bid farewell to Reconnecting America’s vice president of public policy, Mariia Zimmerman, who left in May. Mariia opened our D.C. office five years ago and was instrumental in developing a reputation for Reconnecting America as a TOD expert and “go to” resource for the federal government. Though we were sad to see her go, we were elated that she was selected to serve in the Obama Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, alongside our former president, Shelley Poticha. Mariia is now the deputy director for sustainable communities. A new opportunity also arose for our program and policy associate, Annie Finkenbinder. She went to Capitol Hill to handle housing…
On May 17, 2010, the Center for Transit-Oriented Development held a daylong forum on transit-oriented development funding. Below is the material distributed at the forum. Click on the image at right to view the PowerPoint slide show from the forum.