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Linking Transit, Communities and Development: Regional Inventory of Transit-Oriented Development Sites, Volume One: Executive Summary

Product No.: 03027
Date Published: 8/2003
Pages: 48

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Geographic Area Covered: Pennsylvania Counties: Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester & Philadelphia New Jersey Counties: Burlington Camden, Mercer, Gloucester

Abstract: The goal of this study is to inventory the region's rail stations to determine a priority list of "Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunity sites", in furtherance of the goals and policies of DVRPC's adopted Year 2025 Horizons long-range plan. While the region has over 340 fixed-rail stations, the majority of them have transit-adjacent developments (TADs). Transit-adjacent development is development that is physically near transit but fails to fully capitalize on its proximity, both in promoting transit ridership and as an economic and community development tool. Many of the fixed-rail stations in the region lack pedestrian and bicycle access, lack land uses that complement the station, such as consumer services, and lack building design and orientation that serve the rail user. Volume One details the study process, inventory selection criteria, TOD benefits and barriers, and recommendations for funding and implementation. Volume Two: Station Area Profiles contains the 45 station profiles, including information on access, ridership, level of service, land uses, and development opportunities. Volume Three: Case Studies presents in-depth case studies of five stations in the region.

Key Words: transit-oriented development (TOD), transit village, transit supportiveness, SEPTA, PATCO, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, Regional Rail, light rail, Market-Frankford Elevated, Broad Street Subway, Southern New Jersey Light Rail Transit System (SNJLRTS), Schuylkill Valley Metro (SVM), Cross County Metro (CCM), master plan, comprehensive plan, zoning, zoning overlay district, patron amenities, Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID), tax-increment financing (TIF)

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