University of California, Berkeley, Professor Robert Cervero's article "Linking urban transport and land use in developing countries" has been added to the Resource Center best practices database. The article originally appeared in the Journal of Transport and Land Use in May 2013 as part of a World Symposium on Transport & Land Use Research special issue.
Using hedonic price models, appreciable land-value premiums were found for different land uses in different rail-transit corridors that serve San Diego County, though incidences of land-value discounts were also found in the case of single family housing.
There is a nice debate between Peter Gordon and Paige Kolesar, Robert Cervero and Erick Guerra, commented upon by Lisa Schweitzer on non-user benefits from rail transit investments. This appears in Public Works Management and Policy - April 2011, 16 (2)... Read On
TOD is as well poised as any land-use strategy for breaking the viscous cycle of sprawl and car dependency feeding off one another. By leveraging affordable housing and reducing the need for car ownership, a virtuous cycle can instead be set in motion, with increased transit usage helping to reduced traffic snarls and compact station-area development putting the brakes on sprawl – at least according to theory. This paper reviews strategies and issues related to TOD in America. Particular focus is given TOD’s role in linking public transit, housing policies, and sustainable urbanism. Experiences are drawn mainly from the United States that represents the global extreme of consumerism in both private transportation and housing.
Some of today’s most vexing problems, including sprawl, congestion, oil dependence, and climate change, are prompting states and localities to turn to land planning and urban design to rein in automobile use. Many have concluded that roads cannot be built fast enough to keep up with rising travel demand induced by the road building itself and the sprawl it spawns. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to summarize empirical results on associations between the built environment and travel, especially nonwork travel.
April 1, 1996|University of California Transportation Center
Our study has sought to refine the analysis of the spatial implications on commutinbgy disaggregating data among employment centers, measuring highway and transit network distances, and examining commuting behavior during the entire 1980-1990 window of rapid suburban employment growth. When combining refined commute distance measures with data on shifts in modald istributions and occupancyl evels, it is clear that employment decentralization has been associated with substantial increases in commuteV MTpe r employee, at least in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since stfifts in VMTpe r employeea re thought to be strongly associated with transportation externalities, the broader social implications of job decentralization on commuting, we would argue, deserve more public policy attention.
New York's master builder is going Hollywood. A biopic is reportedly in the works on the life of Robert Moses, the controversial and prolific builder who dramatically altered the landscape of New York City in the early and mid-20th century... Read On
Hong Kong’s principal rail operator, the MTR Corporation (MTRC), has advanced the practice of transit value capture more than any public-transport organization worldwide. It has done so through its “Rail + Property” development approach, or R+P. Chapter One examines the evolution and implementation of R+P since its inception in the mid-1980s. The role of MTRC as master planner of station-area development and the process introduced to share risks and rewards among public and private stakeholders are discussed. Chapter Two discussed R+P as a form of transit-oriented development (TOD). Through good quality urban design and attention to the needs of pedestrians, concentrating growth around stations can not only help finance capital infrastructure but can also contribute to place-making and community enhancement.