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by Jana Lynott, Public Policy Institute, September 12, 2017
Across the country, more communities are looking for ways to enhance their livability. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one means of creating sought after, economically vibrant neighborhoods. Transit-oriented development—which includes a mixture of housing, office, retail, and/or other commercial development and amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation—can boost transit ridership, reduce traffic and vehicle emissions, and encourage active lifestyles. TOD can provide residents critical connections to regional amenities, health services, and economic opportunity. In the end, all stakeholders benefit—from residents to businesses to public tax coffers.
The report, Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit: A Snapshot of Transit-Oriented Development Support across the United States, details the ways state, regional, and local actors proactively foster TOD.
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