Transit-Oriented Development Publications

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Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place: Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

December 11, 2014

Rail transit anchors downtowns and neighborhoods in communities throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs and across the region, but many of these communities are falling behind in creating mixed-income transit-oriented development. This guidebook offers case studies, policy recommendations, and public participation tools to help suburbs build affordable, accessible housing around transit.


People, Places + Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Community Innovation

October 24, 2013

In honor of our 35th anniversary, CNT staff compiled stories about our 35 most game-changing innovations. People, Places + Progress chronicles CNT’s growth in capacity, reputation, and impact. From the construction of solar greenhouses to grow vegetables in what we now call “food deserts” to the development of revolutionary energy efficiency programs. From the Location Efficient Mortgage® to the Surface Transportation Policy Project. [...]


Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century

May 7, 2013

In Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century, CNT researchers evaluated the dynamics of the Chicago Region’s 367 fixed Metra and CTA rail stations and station areas between 2000 and 2010. Using the National TOD Database, a first-of-its-kind web tool developed by CNT that provides access to comprehensive information about [...]


The New Real Estate Mantra: Location Near Public Transportation

March 21, 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 this report, 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 [...]


West Cook County COD+TOD Report

October 30, 2012

Report lays out two interconnected strategies (cargo-oriented development and transit-oriented development) to generate economic development and preserve natural resources in the western suburbs of Cook County. Together, these strategies can be harnessed to mitigate suburban sprawl and take cars and trucks off the road.


Prospering in Place: Linking Jobs, Development, and Transit to Spur Chicago’s Economy

February 16, 2012

A call to action that embraces the goals of the Chicago region’s GO TO 2040 plan and translates them into a place-based blueprint for prosperity. It shows how to restore location efficiency and create new jobs and economic vitality based on the region’s unique assets and advantages.


Chicago’s South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities

March 9, 2011

This case study tracks CNT’s work in Blue Island and Harvey and discusses the regional partnerships that developed and attracted public funding for predevelopment; eventually creating a pipeline of viable projects that has drawn the attention of developers and investors across several states.


Performance-Based Transit-Oriented Development Typology Guidebook

December 16, 2010

Designed as a user-friendly tool that gives interested people around the country the ability to evaluate the performance of the transit zones in their neighborhoods and towns.


Transit-Oriented Development and the Potential for VMT-related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

June 30, 2010

Transit-oriented development– a mix of residential and commercial development within walking distance of public transportation –can play a substantial part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Making Smart Choices: Transit-Oriented Development Selector Analysis of South Suburban Corridors

March 1, 2009

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) is working to build transit oriented development (TOD) at the most intense level consistent with local community desires and market conditions throughout the south suburbs. To support SSMMA’s initiative, CNT conducted a preliminary analysis of the potential for TOD in 33 south suburban station areas.


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