Light Rail

Economic mobility drives Charlotte’s new TOD zoning


Charlotte is booming. Since 2003, upwards of 12,000 new housing units have opened along the LYNX Blue line. But when planners went back to look at the development over the last decade, they weren’t entirely satisfied with the results. So the city decided to create new TOD zoning that would better reflect the needs and context of different stations as we hear on this month’s episode of Building Better Communities with Transit.

Reconnecting Somerville with Transit


This month, we’re joined by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Building Better Communities with Transit to learn about how the Green Line Extension is transforming the city by reconnecting it with high-capacity rail transit.

Realizing the development potential along rail corridors


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In 2007, the City of Charlotte, NC opened its Lynx light rail line and this week, the Charlotte Business Journal took a look at what’s happening along the line 10 years later. In short: increased development of offices and housing in the South End. So this week we’re featuring two items from that take a look at development along rail corridors, including in Charlotte.

Up in the Air: Urban Design for Light Rail Stations in Highway Medians


Good urban design is essential if transit stations are to successfully connect to the communities that surround them. Increasingly, transit agencies are constructing light rail systems in and above freeway medians to reduce land acquisition costs, minimize traffic conflicts, and increase train speeds. Elevated stations, however, are difficult to physically link to surrounding communities, resulting … Continued

Protecting Against Transit Crime: The Importance of the Built Environment


The paper first summarizes the theoretical context with two theories that seek to explain the incidence of crime. Following this brief theoretical overview the paper presents empirical findings about the effect of the built environment on crime at transit stops and stations in Los Angeles, and ends with policy recommendations and suggestions for safer transit … Continued