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Transitioning to TOD: A Transit-Oriented Development Plan for SEPTA’s Wawa Station on the R3 Regional Rail Line

Product No.: 07025
Date Published: 1/2007

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Geographic Area Covered: Chester Heights Borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Abstract: This document, Transitioning to TOD: A Transit-Oriented Development Plan for SEPTA R3 Wawa, grew out of the work done on Linking Transit, Communities, and Development: Regional Inventory of Transit-Oriented Development Sites, which was published in 2003. The regional inventory identified a priority list of 45 TOD opportunity sites that support the goals and policies of DVRPC's Destination 2030 long-range plan. Although not included in the 2003 report, the reopening Wawa R3 Regional Rail station was selected as the focus of this study because its location offers tremendous new possibilities for transit-oriented development. Recommendations included in this document cover such areas as land use, zoning, comprehensive plans, access management, and development opportunities. This study is oriented toward an asset-based approach that aims to identify and capitalize on the existing strengths of the surrounding communities, specifically Middletown Township and Chester Heights Borough.

Key Words: transit-oriented development (TOD), mixed-use, zoning, land use, development opportunities, town center, site design, traffic calming, access management, streetscapes, SEPTA, R3 Regional Rail

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