Transit-oriented Development: Are You on the Map?

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The TOD Standard, built on the rich experience of many organizations around the world including our own, addresses development that maximizes the benefits of public transit while firmly placing the emphasis back on the users — people. We call this form of design Transit-oriented Development (TOD), and it marks a key difference with transit-adjacent development, which is simply buildings located next to transit corridors and stations. TOD implies high quality, thoughtful planning and design of land use and built form characteristics to support, facilitate and prioritize not only the use of public transport, but the most basic modes of transport, walking and cycling.

Based on our research on sustainable communities and transport, undertaken during the development of the Principles of Transport in Urban Life and the Our Cities Ourselves exhibits, we outlined eight key principles for guiding the development of TODs. The TOD Standard elaborates on these principles with accessible performance objectives and metrics to a non-technical audience, giving everyone from developers to interested local residents a way to understand the essential components behind a successful TOD.