Transit-Oriented Development Screening Tool: Developing a Multi-criteria Screening Tool to Identify Promising Locations for WSDOT-initiated TODs

There is growing public interest in implementing transit-oriented development (TOD) when and where appropriate and cost-effective. WSDOT urgently needs a screening tool that could help inform an understanding of the circumstances and locations where TOD might be appropriate. The assessment of TOD as alternative strategy for land use near transit stations is influenced by preferences in state and local public policy, as well as changing conditions in urban transportation and real estate market. TODs can be leveraged to support state and local government policies aimed at reducing vehicle miles traveled and shifting away from expansion of parking facilities that contribute to increased congestion. A key component of TOD is multi unit residential housing, which is a response to the car-dependent and transit-poor urban sprawl that has characterized the growth of cities around the world in the last century. TOD mixed uses also contrasts with transit-adjacent, single-use development that fails to foster livable neighborhoods that have the strong walking and cycling environment needed to complement and actively support the use of transit. WSDOT is uniquely positioned to effectively catalyze TODs in the state of Washington. It can leverage its resources, including significant land holdings for parking and other transportation facilities, to build partnerships with regional transit agencies, municipalities, and private developers to initiate TODs. Through timely planning and implementing TOD projects, the agency can continue to promote environmentally responsible and socially equitable transportation services, while making important contributions to alleviating the affordable housing shortage. This innovation project is aimed at developing and testing an effective planning supporting tool that will help WSDOT identify the promising sites on which to focus its TOD efforts. The project could help effectively target scarce resources and serve as a model for other states to follow.

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    • English

    Project

    • Status: Programmed
    • Funding: $50000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Washington State Department of Transportation

      Research Office
      P.O. Box 47372
      Olympia, WA  United States  98504
    • Project Managers:

      Brodin, Doug

    • Principal Investigators:

      Shen, Qing

    • Start Date: 20220615
    • Expected Completion Date: 20221231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01839669
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Washington State Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 23 2022 11:53AM