Transit Oriented Development Poised to Push Past the Recession

This article focuses on Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which is the incorporation of business, housing, and retail space around transit stations. The author suggests that four different factors have merged to make TOD popular nationwide, and describes a number of existing TOD projects that are thriving. The four factors are: 1) a cultural and demographic shift in which the number of singles is increasing; 2) a downturn in home buying and an upswing in transit ridership as a result of the recession; 3) a pent-up demand for more walkable urban communities; and, 4) the realization by cities that a combination of a good transit system and mixed use will keep them viable. An accompanying sidebar describes Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) in California, which is developing the historic center of Santa Rosa. Other brief articles contained within the larger story focus on the Livable Communities Act, a TOD project underway in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and the availability of stimulus funds for future TOD development.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 64-66, 68, 70, 72-74
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01142715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 14 2009 4:29PM