The Promise and Potential of Transformative Transit-Oriented Development in Gateway Cities

Massachusetts Gateway Cities are medium-sized cities around the state which face ongoing social and economic challenges yet possess assets of unrealized potential. The extant commuter rail station network combined with walkable, mixed-use urban land provide an excellent setting for transit-oriented development (TOD) to flourish. An interdisciplinary research team, under the leadership of the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), formulated detailed real estate and transportation models to determine how much employment and population growth, increased transit ridership, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions would be possible, if Massachusetts were to realize the full potential of Gateway City TOD. The key findings were: 1) As the innovation economy expands, Gateway City TOD becomes more feasible. 2) Substantial additional development is attainable in Gateway City station areas. 3) The existing commuter rail system has sufficient capacity to accommodate a large stream of new riders with limited marginal costs. 4) Significant reductions in GHG emissions can be achieved through Gateway City TOD. 5) A carefully prepared strategy is needed to produce the most advantageous TOD buildout.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 84p

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  • Accession Number: 01679191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2018 2:05PM