Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SH-08. Incorporating Bus Transit Service in Planning for New Development

The need to coordinate transportation and land use planning and to design more transit friendly communities has become an important issue. Several TCRP projects have addressed various aspects of this issue. To assist in this coordination, a number of transit agencies and others have developed guidelines and/or processes for incorporating transit service considerations in planning for new developments. An example is the Maryland Mass Transit Administration's "Access by Design." This synthesis will address how transit service planning for new development takes place, identifying practices used to ensure that transit service needs are properly considered in the planning and design process. It will include, but not be limited to, the following: (1)ƒnChallenges to planning transit service for new developments; (2) Guidelines or processes that have been used by transit agencies and others to ensure that transit service considerations are incorporated into planning for new development; (3) Physical design issues related to the provision of transit service (transit friendly street design; easy, safe, and pleasant pedestrian access to bus stops; urban densities needed to sustain minimal service, i.e. every 30 minutes); (4) Funding strategies; and (5) Transit agency statutory/regulatory authority. A review of the relevant literature in the field will be combined with surveys of selected transit agencies and other appropriate stakeholders in order to report on the current state of the practice. Based on survey results, several case studies will be developed to profile innovative and successful practices, as well as lessons learned and gaps in information.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-7, Topic S

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    MKC Associates

  • Principal Investigators:

    Christopher, Mary Kay

  • Start Date: 20051015
  • Actual Completion Date: 20061215
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11630

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462975
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-7, Topic S
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:14PM