Transit-Oriented Development News
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
When communities grow compactly, close to jobs and along transit routes, households have greater choice between affordable communities in which to live, increased employment opportunities close to home, and multiple transportation options connecting the two. However, several decades of fragmented regional planning in the Chicago region de-emphasized this connection between housing, transportation choice, and economic development in favor of increased highway capacity and continued suburban expansion. Cheap oil reinforced the illusion of growth for decades, but surging energy prices raised transportation costs and exposed household pocketbooks and municipal budgets to the true cost of sprawl.
To address this challenge, CNT proposed, in Prospering in Place, that the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) establish Priority Development Areas (PDAs) that align investments in transportation, housing, and economic development across public agencies in regional activity centers.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
King County Metro Transit, the public transportation administration agency for King County, Washington (which includes Seattle), recently released the Right Size Parking Calculator website, an innovative new tool that allows users to view estimated parking use in the context of a specific site for multi-family developments. The calculator was developed in collaboration with CNT, with grant support from the Federal Highway Administration’s Value Pricing Program.
The announcement came at a ULI Northwest luncheon headlined by Donald Shoup, who discussed the art and science of parking.
King County was interested in developing a tool that could be used to achieve a more balanced approach to parking for the region. Outdated parking requirements have led to parking supply that is not reflective of actual demand, which can have a direct impact on a jurisdiction’s ability to create compact, healthy communities.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Residential real estate sales prices for properties located near transit are healthier and more resilient than in the broader metropolitan region. That’s the conclusion of The New Real Estate Mantra: Location Near Public Transportation, written by CNT and commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Although residential real estate prices dropped during the recession in the five regions studied (2006 to 2011 in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Francisco), average sales prices for residential properties within walking distance of a heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station outperformed the region by an average of 42 percent.
In Boston, transit-served areas (transit sheds) outperformed the region by a staggering 129 percent. In Chicago, home values in transit served areas performed 30 percent better than the region; in San Francisco, 37 percent; Minneapolis-St Paul, 48 percent; and in Phoenix 37 percent.
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Friday, February 8th, 2013
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) today released results of a year-long study into the potential for transit-oriented development to unlock economic, environmental and fiscal benefits for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The report, “Transit-Oriented Development Typology Strategy for Allegheny County,” was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group under the auspices of its GoBurgh initiative and funded by the Heinz Endowments. Read more »
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Clean-up has begun on 40 acres of prime industrial land straddling Chicagoland’s Dixmoor and Harvey
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the environmental remediation of 40 acres of prime industrial land straddling Chicagoland’s Dixmoor and Harvey was held on Monday with dozens of stakeholders in attendance. U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.; Illinois Rep. Will Davis; Dixmoor Mayor Keevan Grimmett; and Harvey Director of Planning and Community Development LaTonya Rufus spoke about the benefits of returning the site to industrial use: job creation, increased tax revenue for the towns, and a renewed sense of pride.
The political leaders also acknowledged the important contributions of CNT, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Land Resource Management Group to make the clean-up possible. Read more »
Thursday, December 16th, 2010
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. Read more »
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
This map shows that cities produces less GHG's, per capita, than areas that require more Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).
CNT, through our partnership with the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD), has released, “Transit-Oriented Development and the Potential for VMT-related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction.” This report provides a quantitative analysis of potential greenhouse gas reductions of transit-oriented development from the transport sector.
The research, led by CNT, finds that by living in a central city near transit, the average household can reduce its transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent. The number increases when living near the most location efficient transit zones, which can result in a 78 percent emission reduction.
“This research shows that, in a nutshell, location does indeed matter,” said Scott Bernstein, President of CNT. “Individuals and families that live near transit centers own fewer automobiles, drive fewer miles, and leave a much smaller carbon footprint than those who don’t.” Read more »
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
(From CNT’s partner, Reconnecting America)
The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its 2009 Record of Accomplishment, and it includes implementation of the Economic Recovery Act, called “the most ambitious infrastructure investment program in more than half a century, creation of the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program, and a number of other initiatives including the Federal Transit Administration’s work with the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.
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Thursday, August 27th, 2009
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development is celebrating its fifth year, and has published a brochure detailing our projects, partnerships and intellectual capital. Download it here to find out what we do and how our national experience might be able to leverage your efforts, with the end goal of promoting sustainability, livability and affordability. The Center for Transit-Oriented Development is a partnership of Reconnecting America, CNT and Strategic Economics. Read more about CTOD on our site.
Also, check out the interactive map on CTOD’s projects across the country on Reconnecting America’s site.
Monday, May 19th, 2008
The launch of CNT’s new Housing + Transportation Affordability Index website has lead to news stories from Boston to Seattle and from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Austin. On Monday, NPR did a story on what it costs to commute in the D.C. area. CNT talked to individuals across the country who live in compact transit-rich neighborhoods about why they choose to live there.
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