New Database a One-Stop Shop for Information on Transit-Oriented Development
A new web tool launched today will help developers, investors, and city officials make planning decisions that take advantage of development opportunities around transit nodes. The TOD Database (short for transit-oriented development) provides access to comprehensive information about more than 4,000 transit zones across the United States.
The database is ideal for professional planners, students, or anyone who needs access to comprehensive housing and transportation data. It provides information on density, demographics, occupation, and transportation habits of households near 4,160 existing and proposed fixed-guideway transit stations, including commuter rail, streetcars, light rail, bus rapid transit and ferries. Spanning Honolulu to Portland, Maine, the database synthesizes 40,000 data fields at half mile and quarter mile buffers around fixed rail stations to create a user-friendly web site that allows people to view maps of various transit regions and choose data reports for stations of interest.
CNT created the TOD Database as part of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and the Federal Transit Administration provided the funding.
“The Federal Transit Administration’s goal is to partner with communities that want to develop smart transportation solutions that will inspire new economic development, reduce congestion and our dependence on oil, and help connect people with work, school, or the doctor’s office,” said FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan. “Having the best data available at your fingertips will help cities, neighborhoods, and developers, achieve the goal of a more livable, walkable community that benefits all of their residents.”