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Implementing Transit-Oriented Development: Four TOD Plans for Girard, Lansdale, Thorndale and Woodbury

Product No.: 04044
Date Published: 12/2004

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Geographic Area Covered: City of Philadelphia; City of Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey; Lansdale Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; Thorndale, Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Abstract: This document, Implementing Transit-Oriented Development: Four TOD Plans, grew out of the multiyear study, Linking Transit, Communities, and Development: Regional Inventory of Transit-Oriented Development Sites. Volume One: Executive Summary (August 2003) details the study process, inventory selection criteria, TOD benefits and barriers, and recommendations for funding and implementation. Volume Two: Station Area Profiles (December 2003) presents profiles of 45 transit stations in the nine-county region. Implementing Transit-Oriented Development: Four TOD Plans offers in-depth station area plans for four of the inventoried stations. These include the Girard station along SEPTA's Broad Street Subway, Broad-Ridge Spur, and Route 15 light rail in Philadelphia; Lansdale station, along SEPTA's Regional Rail R5 to Doylestown, in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; Thorndale station, along SEPTA's Regional Rail R5 to Thorndale/Paoli, in Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania; and Woodbury, home to six NJ Transit bus routes, in Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey. These four case studies represent multiple transit modes (subway, light rail, heavy regional rail, and bus), the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a variety of community types, including urban, suburban, small town, and exurban.

Key Words: Transit-oriented development (TOD), zoning, land use, level of service, ridership, regional rail, light rail, bus TOD, bus terminal, SEPTA, NJ Transit, Broad Street Subway, Girard Avenue Light Rail, Cross County Metro

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