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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.

Putting the “T” in TOD

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Seattle, WA wants to encourage denser development in its designated “urban centers” and “urban villages”, neighborhood nodes targeted for growth in the city’s comprehensive plan. In these areas, the city has waived parking requirements for development within a quarter mile of transit — but transit frequency of 15-minute headways must be achieved.

An exciting time for bus rapid transit

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Investments in high-capacity public transit such as light rail and subways continue to demonstrate their ability to substantially increase property values along transit alignments. But can we say the same about buses?

How Nashville (and other cities) can get ahead of displacement

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Nashville is proposing a $6 billion, 25-year comprehensive transit plan that would expand alternatives to driving in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The local real estate community is already bullish about the potential increases to land values that better transit service can bring. With better monitoring and early action, cities can more effectively address displacement as they prepare for the arrival of transit.

Watch the recorded crash course on federal TOD financing

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We hosted a free webinar all about federal programs to help finance TOD. If you missed the live broadcast, catch the recording of “A crash course on federal TOD financing programs”. Representatives from the Federal Transit Administration, LOCUS, and Holland Partner Group came together to provide inside tips on navigating the federal application process, assessing eligibility requirements, and determining which programs are right for you.