A new residential development on one of the most transit-oriented, walkable corners of Southern California will have more parking than housing. Getting parking right is critical if transit-oriented developments are going to make the most of transit, reduce dependence on cars, and provide more attainable housing without having to bake the high cost of structured parking into every unit for sale or rent.
In this month’s episode of Building Better Communities with Transit, we connect with a planner who helped bring high-quality bus rapid transit to Albuquerque. ART, as the new line is called, is just one project but it forms a frequent and reliable backbone for Albuquerque’s entire transportation system.
Union City, CA could divert millions of dollars that voters approved for transit into a new road project, ostensibly to improve station access. To the north in Oakland, CA, developers have proposed a 1,000+ unit housing complex right next to the West Oakland BART Station with just eight off-street parking spots. The contrast leads to a discussion about station access.
Many regions document projects along light rail lines to show how the infrastructure investments are changing land uses or population.
In Miami-Dade County, a newly created tax increment financing (TIF) zone is projected to raise $1.8 billion over 30 years for potential transit expansion projects.
Today, we’re releasing the second episode of Building Better Communities with Transit: “Decarbonize the city, a few blocks at time.” This month we explore a new smart city concept taking shape in Denver, CO: Peña Station Next.
Research about the link between employment location and ridership goes back all the way to 1977’s Public Transportation and Land Use Policy. And while dense downtowns have always been focal points for transit service, much of the TOD literature and discussion until a few years ago has been focused on housing.
In St. Paul’s eastern suburb of Oakdale, MN, the future Gold Line bus rapid transit project has motivated developers to rethink plans for a run-of-the-mill office park on a vacant 30-acre site.
The North Tryon rail yard in uptown Charlotte, NC offers a chance to dream big and think about urban design and street plans for brand new development. Often without street networks or infrastructure, rail yard redevelopment beams with potential.
In an effort to alleviate high housing prices by increasing supply, a bill filed by a California State Senator would allow building height increases, eliminate parking minimums, and nix restrictive design standards for new residential buildings within a quarter-mile of a high-frequency bus transit corridor and a half-mile of a major transit stop.