Homeowners in single family neighborhoods along key transportation corridors often fear the specter of new development—especially denser development. But to change the discussion on the construction of housing near transit, famed UCLA professor Donald Shoup has offered a potential solution: graduated density.
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A new residential development on one of the most transit-oriented, walkable corners of Southern California will have more parking than housing. Getting parking right is critical if transit-oriented developments are going to make the most of transit, reduce dependence on cars, and provide more attainable housing without having to bake the high cost of structured parking into every unit for sale or rent.
This report illustrates and assesses different approaches to supporting transit-oriented development, through six case studies of regional programs throughout the country. Through describing the structure, funding and implementation of these programs, the report provides a broad but detailed survey of strategies employed by regional organizations working in concert with local actors to support the balanced … Continued
The implementation of new transit lines is some times dogged by concerns that such lines may increase crime rates in station neighborhoods. Affluent communities have often complained that transit lines transport crime to the suburbs. This study focuses on the Green Line transit system in Los Angeles and examines its effects on crime in the … Continued
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
These planning guidelines outline a specific infrastructure improvement strategy designed to facilitate easy, safe, and efficient access to the Metro system. They introduce a concept herein referred to as ‘the Pathway’, and provide direction on the layout of transit access networks and components within Metro Rail and fixed route Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station areas.
TCRP Report 153 – This report is intended to aid in the planning, developing, and improving of access to high capacity commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, and ferry stations. The report includes guidelines for arranging and integrating various station design elements. The print version of TCRP Report 153 is accompanied by … Continued
This memo presents a review of the policy context for updating BART’s Access Management and Improvements Policy (Access Policy). It includes the following information: A summary of the purpose A summary of relevant trends at BART and in the broader region that have emerged in the 15 years since the current Access Policy was adopted … Continued
TCRP Report 102 – This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of the practice and the benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD) and joint development throughout the United States. It will be helpful to transit agencies, the development community, and local decision makers considering TOD.
In the next five years as many as 160,000 renters in 20 metro areas could lose their affordable apartments near transit because the contracts on their privately-owned HUD-subsidized rental units are due to expire. The renewed popularity of urban living means that properties in walkable neighborhoods near transit have increased in value, and that property … Continued