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Measuring the impacts of new development

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The largest share of emissions in California and the country now come from the transportation sector. To address the emissions, the City of San Diego recently developed a tool to help planners determine where and what kind of development should occur to reduce single occupant vehicle use and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) — two key contributors to overall transportation emissions.

Making the most of commuter rail stations

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Commuter rail stations throughout the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region offer convenient access to quality, high-paying jobs. Yet the land immediately surrounding many of these stations is still underutilized with low-density development, according to a new report from the Regional Plan Association (RPA).

A ripple effect of economic growth

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A forthcoming commuter rail service line between New Haven, CT and Springfield, MA is injecting new life into often forgotten portions of the Northeast region. The Hartford line, scheduled to launch in May 2018, is part of a larger partnership among the State of Connecticut, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration. The program will eventually facilitate passenger rail expansion to New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Montreal.

Building standards for a greener, transit-oriented future

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With the forthcoming arrival of a new light rail line, the leadership of Prince George’s County, Maryland—located directly east of Washington, DC—is intent on creating a greener, transit-oriented future. The county is in the process of updating its over 50-year old zoning codes to take maximum advantage of the new Purple Line light rail stations, and is taking the role of building design into serious consideration.

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.