Guidebook Released to Facilitate Transit-Oriented Developments
A new guidebook by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) provides information to help planners create high-quality transit-oriented developments (TOD) that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) while creating a host of community benefits. CTOD is a national coalition group that includes CNT, Reconnecting America, and Strategic Economics.
The guidebook builds off of the TOD Database, a web tool that provides economic and demographic information for every existing and proposed fixed guideway transit station in the United States.
“The analysis in this guidebook utilizes CTOD’s National TOD Database to take existing conditions from more than 3,700 existing transit station areas in 39 regions across the country,” explained Linda Young, Research Director at CNT. “This means the performance metrics in the guidebook are based on real data from communities around the United States.”
Mismatched decision-making structures, uncertain outcomes, and a lack of a common framework for measuring performance has often been a stumbling block in the attempts to use TOD to address climate change and community development goals simultaneously. To help address this issue, CTOD created the guidebook to provide interested people around the country the ability to evaluate the performance of the transit zones in their neighborhoods and towns.