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People with disabilities are often left out of TOD planning—and it’s a huge missed opportunity

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On many TOD projects, accommodations for people with disabilities are not considered until after a project is substantially planned and even built. At best, this means project leads have to go back and retrofit stations and their surrounding development to accommodate people with limited mobility. At worst, it means these places are not accessible for people with disabilities and older adults.

A Silicon Valley giant shifts toward TOD

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Earlier this week, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, CA announced that the city is in talks with Google to create a downtown, mass transportation hub around Diridon Station. The proposed development could bring up to 20,000 jobs and add upward of 6 million square feet of office and research space to downtown San Jose, according to city estimates

TOD is becoming “a universal theme across the U.S.”

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With snapshots of projects in Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Austin, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Washington DC, as well as smaller places like Bellevue, WA and Herndon, VA, the New York Times made clear that cities across the country are leveraging transit investments to create TOD and generate economic growth.

What #InfrastructureWeek has meant in Dallas

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It’s Infrastructure Week this week, a national opportunity to talk about how we as a nation and communities invest in roads, bridges, sidewalks, and railways. Infrastructure changes have very practical implications for how a place looks, feels, and works—especially when it comes to TOD projects. One example is Victory Park in Dallas, TX, located on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail line.