Since our founding in 1985, ITDP has stood for the rights of all to access the opportunity, culture, services, and community of the city. Doing so requires a sustainable, equitable, and holistic approach to transport. This means high-quality, safe, and reliable mass transit in every city. But the full picture is bigger than that. A truly equitable city provides not just good transport, but good land use, infrastructure, and amenities that are often overlooked, particular for the poorest communities.
The TOD Standard 3.0 is an attempt to move from complete streets to complete communities. TOD, or transit-oriented development, means integrated urban places designed to bring people, activities, buildings, and public space together, with easy walking and cycling connection between them and near-excellent transit service to the rest of the city. It means inclusive access for all to local and citywide opportunities and resources by the most efficient and healthful combination of mobility modes, at the lowest financial and environmental cost, and with the highest resilience to disruptive events. Inclusive TOD is a necessary foundation for long-term sustainability, equity, and shared prosperity in cities.
In 2010, ITDP created a framework for this approach, then called Principles for Transport in Urban Life. Today, we introduce the new iteration of this concept, the TOD Standard 3.0. The Standard is a guide and tool to help assess, plan, and shape urban developments for greater equity and access for all.