Transit-Oriented Development

Center for Neighborhood Technology

This Chicago-based non-profit group focuses on promoting transit-oriented development and related strategies that foster sustainable urban development practices. Among its many areas of activity, the Center has promoted the idea of a “location efficiency mortgage,” in which lenders take into account the reduced transportation costs of residents in transit corridors, thereby enabling families to more easily qualify for loans in TOD neighborhoods. Read more about Center for Neighborhood Technology...

American Public Transit Association

The American Public Transit Association is an association of transit agencies and private firms that work in the public transit industry that advocates for strengthened and expanded public transportation. Its website includes a wide range of studies on the transit industry, including reports on public transit's economic development impact. Read more about American Public Transit Association...

Metro Transit Oriented Development

Portland has long been recognized as a national leader in transit oriented development, supported by its unique "Metro" regional government. Metro's TOD implementation program aims to bring about the construction of "transit villages" and projects that concentrate a mix of retail, housing and jobs in areas around regional light-rail systems and other transit lines. Read more about Metro Transit Oriented Development...

Kenosha Streetcar

This site, courtesy of the American Public Transit Association, provides a brief description of one of the nation's smallest cities to use transit-oriented development principles. Open since 2000, the streetcar has helped revitalize the harbor front of this city of under 100,000, located on the shore of Lake Michigan south of Milwaukee. Read more about Kenosha Streetcar...

Fruitvale Transit Village

Located in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, the Fruitvale Transit Village is an innovative collaboration of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and a local community development corporation (Unity Council) to combine affordable housing, community space, and retail establishments in a transit-oriented development project.  Completed in the mid 2000s, the award-winning, 257,000 square foot project built on former BART parking lots includes a pedestrian street and plaza; 47 units of mixed-income housing; 114,000 square feet of community services, including a clinic, library, and senior cen Read more about Fruitvale Transit Village...

Central Corridor Funders Collaborative

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative is a group of local and national funders that supplements the programs and investments of its member foundations along the Central Corridor Light Rail Line by working with community groups and public agencies to encourage collaboration, investment, and planning. With the goal of investing $20 million over 10 years to improve access to affordable housing, foster a strong local economy, and create vibrant, transit-oriented places, the Collaborative has currently raised $5 million to date. Read more about Central Corridor Funders Collaborative...

Carrollton, Texas: Transit Oriented Development

Dallas' transit system has made significant use of transit-oriented development principles in its design. In 2010, three stations are scheduled to open in the suburb of Carrollton. In preparation, the city has adopted a master plan and hired a design firm to achieve its “vision for a transit-centered community built around passenger platforms and related mixed-use development.” Read more about Carrollton, Texas: Transit Oriented Development...

Bay Area Transit (BART) Station Area Planning

The BART system of the San Francisco Bay Area has placed increasing emphasis on transit-oriented development both to increase ridership and, as its website says, "to support and sustain BART operations with revenue from development." This website provides access to many BART station area development plans, including the one for the nationally recognized Fruitvale Transit Village in Alameda County. Read more about Bay Area Transit (BART) Station Area Planning...

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Joint Development Program

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs the Washington DC Metro bus and rail transit system, has been one of the nation's leading practitioners of transit-oriented development. In Fiscal Year 2016, annual lease payments are expected to reach $8 million a year, and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in nearby Arlington, Virginia is widely seen as one of the most successful transit oriented development projects nationwide.  As of 2015, Metro has catalyzed over $235 billion of economic development at or adjacent to Metro property. Read more about Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Joint Development Program...

Thorton Place (Northgate TOD Project)

In 2003, construction began to develop Thorton Place, a transit-oriented, mixed-use project, which was then simply an 8-acre lot of empty asphalt and a Metro Park-N-Ride. Two years earlier former Mayor Nickels had made the revitalization of the Northgate neighborhood a top priority and this would be one its main achievements. Read more about Thorton Place (Northgate TOD Project)...

The Loop Trolley

Receiving more than $25 million in federal funding, the St. Louis Loop Trolley Project is a $44 million project that will help foster economic development between Forest Park and The Loop. Currently looking for sources of local matching funds, the Project will run 2.2 miles, including nine stops and connections to two MetroLink stations.

Metropolitan Council

Founded in 1967 to coordinate planning and development within the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the Metropolitan Council provides transportation, water utility, housing, and park and open space services. It has also overseen the development of the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit, whose ridership has already surpassed 2020 projections. Additionally, new commercial and retail activity has opened all along the line and property values near the corridor have increased an additional 22 percent compared to the rest of the city. Read more about Metropolitan Council...

Miami-Dade County Transit Joint Development

Miami recognized the importance of joint development as early as 1978, six years before the opening of its Metrorail transit system, and adopted a city ordinance to specifically promote joint development.  A key TOD project now under development is Miami-Dade Transit’s 7th Avenue Transit Village, a $34 million mixed-use project located in Liberty City, one of Miami-Dade’s oldest communities.  Phase I, completed in 2015, includes 76 units of affordable housing.  Once completed, Phase II will add 100 affordable units, a community theater space, and a metro transit hub.

MATA Trolley

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) has operated a heritage streetcar system with three lines, the trolley system since 1993. The $56 million Madison trolley was recently added which connects downtown with the Medical District. Read more about MATA Trolley...

Greater Memphis Greenline

The Greater Memphis Greenline is a public-private partnership that is turning 400 miles of unused railway easements into a hiking and biking system. Located in Memphis and Shelby County, they are working to create and integrated multi-use trail system, and recently completed the 6-mile Shelby Farms Greenline connecting Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park. Read more about Greater Memphis Greenline...

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) is a grant program of the U.S. Department of Transportation with $1.5 billion appropriated on a competitive basis. With a $50 million grant announced in 2010 for the Green Impact Zone, many projects have been initiated in Kansas City including improved transit-stop amenities, traffic-signals, and street and sidewalk resurfacing. Read more about Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery...

Smart Moves

Smart Moves was developed in 2002 as a cooperative initiative of the Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County Transit, and Unified Government Transit. Smart Moves provides analysis and design studies for the transit system in Kansas City. Smart Moves' Project #398 Kansas City Streetcar analyzes the feasibility of a street car development in downtown Kansas City that will cost an estimated $101 million to construct. Read more about Smart Moves...

Transportation Expansion (T-REX) Project

Through extensive cooperation by inter-governmental agencies and by voter approval in 1999, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Denver Regional Transportation District joined forces to build transit ridership and discourage sprawl through building transit villages that will be built at the same time as the transit system itself is constructed. These transit villages, jointly developed with the private sector, are designed to be pedestrian-friendly, human-scale communities. The T-REX project finished under budget and nearly two years ahead of schedule in 2006. Read more about Transportation Expansion (T-REX) Project...

Transit-Oriented Development

California Department of Transportation, California Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Database

This site, maintained by the California Department of Transportation (better known as "Caltrans"), contains links to reports with detailed information on transit-oriented development in ten U.S. cities outside California as well as more than 20 transit-oriented developments (TODs) in California. The reports include land uses, site maps, implementation processes, financing, facilities, zoning, design features, pedestrian access, transit services, photos, travel benefits, contact information, and other valuable data.

Connecting the West Corridor Communities

The Center for Transit-Oriented Development working with the City and County of Denver, the City of Lakewood, the Denver Housing Authority, and Metro West Housing Solutions has produced this 2011 report on the strategy for transit-oriented development along the Denver Region's West Corridor.

Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation administers federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers. The agency also publishes a number of studies on these topics, which are available on its website.

Mineta Transportation Institute

Founded in 1991 and housed at San Jose State University in California's Silicon Valley, the Mineta Transportation Institute engages in a wide range of research on transportation issues, with a wealth of publications available on line.

New Partners for Smart Growth

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, organized by the Local Government Commission of Sacramento, California, has grown rapidly since it began in 2001. The 2006 conference brought together nearly 1,250 participants and over 250 speakers. Presentations from past conference speakers are available for free download from the site.


Since 1995, Rail-volution has been a leading conference that has brought together innovative minds from a variety of disciplines, including elected officials, advocates, developers, urban planners, transportation experts, financiers, citizen groups, architects and others, to discuss public transit-related issues. Presentations from the previous year's conference are available on line.

Smart Growth Network

Smart Growth Online is a web-based catalogue of Smart Growth related news, events, and information, including a broad range of resources on transit and transit-oriented development. Developed and funded through a cooperative agreement between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Sustainable Communities Network, the website is designed to advance understanding of how smart growth can improve community livability.

Transit Cooperative Research Program

This website, hosted by the American Public Transit Association, makes available over a hundred publications regarding public transit, including a 2004 national study on transit-oriented development.


Twin Cities TOD Toolkit

An initiative of Reconnecting America, this project focuses on Minneapolis-St. Paul, but has applicability to projects elsewhere. Identifying lessons learned from the Hiawatha Corridor, the first light rail line to be built in the Twin Cities region, as well as lessons from other transit projects around the country, the Twin Cities TOD Toolkit provides technical assistance and information for people interested in the ways in which transit-oriented development can help reshape growth.

Voorhees Transportation Center

Established in 1998 and housed in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the Center conducts research on transportation policy issues, with a number of publications on transit-oriented development.