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MTI Report 01-15
Envisioning Neighborhoods with Transit-Oriented Development Potential

The primary focus of this project is intra-regional comparisons, focusing on decisions pertaining to the relative desirability of places within the region. Limited attention has been given to site-specific details, although this aspect merits additional attention. The study focus is on understanding the neighborhoods surrounding transit centers and their context in terms of the character of areas within walking distance (<1/2 mile), bicycling distance (<2 miles), and five-mile driving or transit distance. These ranges of analysis include the areas where residents of possible TODs might work, shop, or prefer to go for services.

ABSTRACT

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University conducted this study to review the issues and implications involved when seeking to Envision Neighborhoods with Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Potential.

The Envisioning Neighborhoods with Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Potential project seeks to introduce planners, developers, and urban analysts to information design techniques and digital computer tools that can be used to undertake and study TOD. A basic premise is that effective TOD requires thoughtful planning to be successfully integrated into the metropolitan fabric.

The primary focus of this project is intra-regional comparisons, focusing on information pertaining to the relative desirability of places within a region. Context matters, so data is best understood in a comparative context. Small multiple replicate maps, charts, and digital images can be used to understand many aspects of places with TOD potential. Place comparisons can be made across space, time, and scale. The study focus is on understanding the neighborhoods surrounding transit centers and their context in terms of the character of areas within walking distance (< 1/2 mile), bicycling distance (< 2 miles) and five-mile driving or transit distance. These ranges of analysis include the areas where residents of possible TODs might work, shop, or prefer to go for services. This project includes a comprehensive case study application envisioning the Hayward BART Station area. Other case studies cover the Fruitvale BART in Oakland, Redwood City and Mountain View CalTrain, Campbell LRT site, and Sacramento’s 65th St. Station areas.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Earl G. Bossard, AICP

Dr. Bossard is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning fromHarvard. He has worked extensively on computer applications for urban analysis and planning, with special emphasis on geographic information systems, spreadsheets, and census data. He produced the final report and oversaw production of all project components, created Envisioning Neighborhood concepts, photographed site areas, and produced PowerPoint Presentations.

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MTI Report 01-15
Envisioning Neighborhoods with Transit-Oriented Development Potential
Principal Investigator: Dr. Earl G. Bossard
Published: May 2002
Keywords: Statistical analysis; Transit-oriented development; Transportation planning; Urban growth; Urban planning
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