A National Inventory and Analysis of Transit Oriented Development in Proximity to Coasts and Port Facilities

There is often a tension between the development of mixed-use transit oriented developments (TODs) and heavy industry near coastal areas, major rivers and near port facilities. This study will quantify and examine the number of jobs and residents in station areas near coastal areas, major rivers and near port facilities across the United States. The study will also forecast future development and job potential of underbuilt station areas, which could become TODs over the next several decades. The National TOD Database will be combined with the National Transportation Atlas Database, coastline data from the Census and data on major rivers from ArcGIS. The Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis will isolate all rail stations located within a half-mile, 1-mile and 3-miles of coastlines, major rivers and ports. Once identified, a typology of station areas will be applied based on Renne and Ewing 2013, which outlines a method for determining if a station area is a TOD, Hybrid or Transit Adjacent Development (TAD) (which is a station area that is low-density and automobile focused). The study will identify the number and type of jobs located in all types of stations and compare and contrast by typology. It will also calculate the number of people and households as well provide a snapshot about commuting behavior, vehicle ownership, housing tenure, and socio-economics of residents. The study will also forecast future development potential by looking a several build-out scenarios to turn TADs and Hybrids into TODs.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    University of New Orleans Transportation Institute

    368 Milneburg Hall
    2000 Lakeshore Dr.
    New Orleans, LA  United States  70148

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of New Orleans

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    2000 Lakeshore Drive
    New Orelans, LA  United States  70148
  • Principal Investigators:

    Renne, John

  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36741

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01573288
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC50
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2015 1:01AM