Why Transit-Oriented Development And Why Now? (2007)

TOD 101

Transit-oriented development or TOD is typically defined as more compact development within easy walking distance of transit stations (typically a half mile) that contains a mix of uses such as housing, jobs, shops, restaurants and entertainment. At Reconnecting America we believe projects should also achieve the goals listed here. TOD is really about creating walkable, sustainable communities for people of all ages and incomes and providing more transportation and housing choices (including townhomes, apartments, live-work spaces, and lofts). These neighborhoods provide for a lifestyle that’s convenient, affordable and active, and create places where our children can play and our parents can grow old comfortably.

This colorful 24-page “picture book” lays out in easy-to-read format how shifting demographics and the changing real estate market have opened up an unprecedented window of opportunity for transit-oriented development. The book explains what TOD is, how it benefits communities, and how it can be an important affordability strategy for regions. It references our national TOD market study, includes two brief TOD case studies, and discusses the Affordability Index developed by the Center for TOD. In sum, it explains all the reasons that TOD is a sustainable, low-cost solution to a host of problems ranging from housing affordability to traffic congestion to global warming. The text consists of PowerPoint-style slides with bulleted information, brief explanations, photos and captions.

TOD 101: Why Transit-Oriented Development And Why Now?