August 4, 2008
TOD 202: Transit & Employment – Increasing Transit’s Share Of The Commute Trip
This book discusses the commute trip and its impact on communities, and strategies that can be used to increase transit’s share of the commute trip. A great deal of practical and academic activity in the past several decades has been devoted to understanding how land use can support robust transit ridership and realize transit’s potential benefits. But to date most research and discussion has been about residential and retail development at stations.
Clearly, in order for TOD to deliver the most riders for transit, the discussion about TOD needs to be more comprehensive, extending to considerations of where the people who live in transit-oriented development work, how they travel to work, and whether they’ll need a car to get to meetings and to lunch once they’re at work. The goal is an increasingly efficient and complementary land use pattern that provides more mobility and accessibility and responds to consumer demand for fast, convenient public transportation.