PUBLIC TRANSIT AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT

The findings and conclusions are discussed of recent research related to transit and urban development, including a study of transit-related joint development projects in the U.S. and Canada, an analysis of the changing economic role of central cities, and a current study of downtown office growth. Houston is described as a good example of the need for downtown access improvements. Surveys of the Urban Land Institute found that downtown office space in 20 selected cities has increased an average of 41.4% between 1970 and 1978. Office space expansion leads to new demands on urban transportation systems. Mass transit could add significant capacity to urban transportation services and prevent highway and local street capacity from limiting urban accessibility. Transportation improvement programs of seven major North American cities are used to illustrate the range of strategies for linking transit and downtown development. These cities include Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco and Oakland, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Portland and Denver. The most land use benefits have been realized by cities that have carefully coordinated land use and transportation planning.

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    Urban Land Institute

    1200 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Lovely, M E
  • Publication Date: 1979-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 14-22
  • Serial:
    • Urban Land
    • Volume: 38
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Urban Land Institute
    • ISSN: 0042-0891

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1981 12:00AM