Transit Oriented Development: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality
This paper is an attempt to bring clarity to the debate around transit-oriented development by placing current projects in a historic continuum, by creating a performance oriented definition, and by analyzing the challenges encountered in attempting transit-oriented development around the country. The research, which has been sponsored by the Great American Station Foundation as part of its National Initiative on Transit-Oriented Development, takes an initial step toward bringing transit-oriented development to scale as a recognized real estate product in the United States. The project seeks first to understand the challenges faced, then to document the state of the practice, and finally to assemble the resources necessary to assist cities, transit operators and community groups who wish to undertake these kinds of projects. A manual for practitioners is also planned.