Project Evaluation Report: Implementing Transit-Oriented Development in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

Project Evaluation Report:  Implementing Transit-Oriented Development in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

Product No.: 03015
Date Published: 01/2003

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This report summarizes and evaluates the outcome of the three-year work program for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's FY 1999 Transportation and Community and System Preservation (TCSP) pilot program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. • Station Area Planning to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) around five station sites along the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority's (BARTA) proposed Schuylkill Valley MetroRail (SVM) corridor. • Communications and Outreach Activities to promote TOD throughout the Delaware Valley Region, including publication of a periodic newsletter, Great Places With Transit. • Development and Initiation of a Transit-Friendly Mortgage Pilot Program in southeastern Pennsylvania, working with the financial community. Successes and shortcomings of the planning, community education, outreach involvement and implementation activities are highlighted, as well as lessons learned that may benefit future TOD endeavors within the Philadelphia Region or elsewhere.

Geographic Area Covered: Five Counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania; five station areas: Pottstown Borough, Montgomery County; Phoenixville Borough, Chester County; Upper Mreion Township, Montgomery County; 52nd Street neighborhood (West Parkside) in the City of Philadelphia; and Amity Township, Berks County.

Key Words: transit-oriented development (TOD), Schuylkill Valley Metro, SEPTA, BARTA, comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, zoning districts, public involvement, transit-friendly, SmartCommute Mortgage, rail stations, pedestrian and bicycling

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