Transit Oriented Development is the exciting fast growing trend in creating vibrant, livable, sustainable communities. Also known as TOD, it’s the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high quality train systems. This makes it possible to live a lower-stress life without complete dependence on a car for mobility and survival.
Transit oriented development is regional planning, city revitalization, suburban renewal, and walkable neighborhoods combined. TOD is rapidly sweeping the nation with the creation of exciting people places in city after city. The public has embraced the concept across the nation as the most desirable places to live, work, and play. Real estate developers have quickly followed to meet the high demand for quality urban places served by rail systems.
Transit oriented development is also a major solution to the serious and growing problems of climate change and global energy security by creating dense, walkable communities that greatly reduce the need for driving and energy consumption. This type of living arrangement can reduce driving by up to 85%.*
The Council supports TOD initiatives in Southeast Florida, including:
Reports related to TOD in South Florida and nationally are available and compiled by the Council:
The following links to additional resources may be useful to learn more about TOD:
- Smart Growth America: TOD & Parking
- Smart Growth America: TOD Resources
- Florida TOD (TCRPC/FDOT)
- FDOT: Complete Streets
- Federal Transit Administration: TOD
- Reconnecting America
- Center for Transit Oriented Development
- Transit Oriented Development Institute
*Source: The Transit Oriented Development Institute, a project of the US High Speed Rail Association