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How to become a ’20-minute city’

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What does it take to become a ’20-minute city’ — a community where important destinations are reachable within 20-minute trip on foot, bike, or transit? Cities such as Tempe, Arizona and Portland, Oregon are aiming to find out; they each set goals to become 20-minute cities in an effort to become more efficient, sustainable, and multi-modal.

Cities revisit parking policies to increase TOD success

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Santa Monica, CA, once known for pioneering the downtown public parking structure in the 1970s, recently eliminated parking minimums for future development. The move aims to support existing transit investments while reducing cost barriers to building new housing or opening businesses.

Amazon’s call for a connected, pedestrian-friendly campus

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Amazon’s call for bids provides much to consider from a TOD perspective; competitive contenders will need to find ways to ramp up office and transit capacity for so many workers, determine what qualifying sites would best take advantage of existing or planned stations, and integrate the new headquarters into the existing urban form while minimizing any increases in vehicle miles traveled.

TOD gains speed in the suburbs

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TOD projects in suburban neighborhoods are gaining traction, yet are often overlooked by their larger, more urban counterparts. The growing number of smaller TOD projects along Chicago’s Metra commuter lines is encouraging more bedroom communities to follow suit, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Small starts” to spur big growth

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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the Port Authority want to build a bus rapid transit line between the two centers and further eastward into other neighborhoods using a Small Starts Grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The project, expected to cost approximately $195 million, would rebuild Fifth and Forbes Ave with dedicated lanes for buses and bikes. The plan also includes queue jumps to allow buses to move ahead of regular traffic, and adaptive traffic signals installed throughout the route to prioritize the buses carrying more people.