What is TOD?

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Transit-oriented development (TOD) is compact, higher density, mixed-use, walkable development that is centered within a half mile of a transit station. TOD generally includes residential, commercial, retail and recreational space, and is designed to create connections between transit, bicycles and pedestrians. To evaluate high quality TOD projects, ITDP uses the Eight Principles for Better Streets and Better Cities, which when put into practice, will create vibrant, low-carbon cities where people want to live, work, and play.

Successful sustainable cities in the 21st century will prioritize people by integrating transport and urban developments. TOD brings compact, mixed-use development within walking distance of high capacity rapid transit. TOD features vibrant streetscapes, pedestrian-oriented built forms, and land use characteristics that make it convenient and safe to walk, cycle, and use public transport.

ITDP’s Principles of Urban Development for Transport in Urban Life:

  1. Develop neighborhoods that promote walking [walk]
  2. Prioritize non-motorized transport networks [cycle]
  3. Create dense networks of streets and paths [connect]
  4. Locate development near high-quality public transport [transit]
  5. Plan for mixed use [mix]
  6. Optimize density and transit capacity [densify]
  7. Create regions with short commutes [compact]
  8. Increase mobility by regulating parking and road use [shift] 

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