The Portland, OR, region has been and continues to be a leader in developing and implementing TOD-supportive policy in the United States. Oregon’s state-level policies, coupled with city-level programs have resulted in managed growth and high-quality neighborhoods. The Portland streetcar heralded in a new era of thinking about funding fixed-guideway transit, and together with the Pearl District planning and development, demonstrated the true benefits of integrating transportation and land-use planning.
Reconnecting America recently worked with the TOD Program at Oregon Metro on a strategic plan to better focus program investments. The plan is a truly joint effort, developed in close collaboration with TOD Program staff. This project offers innovative ways of using spatial analysis to inform TOD implementation, and uses the typology concept as a tool to support better, more coordinated implementation of TOD across all public agencies.