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.
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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.
We’re proud to announce the launch of Building Better Communities with Transit, a monthly podcast series about transit-oriented development and how it improves communities across America.
After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, which includes 300,000 flooded cars, Houston, Texas is beginning to rethink its transportation and land use priorities.
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.
Public agencies in the Seattle region are working to address a growing crisis of housing affordability while also trying to ensure that a wave of new transit investments don’t just benefit those with higher incomes.
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 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.
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.
Transit-oriented development can and should play an important role in helping more residents benefit from new growth and connect to opportunities. The problem then is how precisely to promote more inclusive growth that benefits a wide range of residents.