Transit Oriented Development Resources
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a strategy for developing residential and commercial areas in places that are already accessible by public transit.
Achieving sustainable and equitable TOD in the MAPC region requires varied strategies. Defining these strategies requires a detailed understanding of factors such as land use, demographics, and development plans of existing station areas.
- Growing Station Areas: The variety and potential of TOD
MAPC conducted an analysis to define the need for different financing tools or prioritization of investments in the Metro Boston region.
- TOD Finance Summit
This summit on December 6, 2012, explored the reasons why transit-oriented development is important now, where it can be located, ways it can be funded, and the challenges to getting TOD built. View presentation materials from this event
TOD Funding Gap Analysis
This report investigates the sources of funding gaps for TOD in Metro Boston and the types of capital (both public and private) that may be available to help fill those gaps, and reviewed best practices in similar metropolitan jurisdictions.
TOD Projects at MAPC
- Melrose Commuter Rail Corridor Visioning
- Re-Envisioning Wollaston
- Green Line extension community visioning
Why it’s important
An increase in TOD in Metro Boston can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost transit ridership and mitigate congestion.
MAPC estimates that transit station areas in the region could accommodate 76,000 new housing units and more than 130,000 jobs near transit in the coming next 25 years. These goals are now being used to inform the design of TOD finance tools and to guide MAPC technical assistance to cities and towns.
This work supports the MetroFuture goals for sustainable growth patterns in the region