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Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development (MITOD)

What is mixed-income transit-oriented development?  It is generally accepted that it consists of transit neighborhoods that contain a mix of affordable and market rate housing.  MITOD’s provide many benefits, such as reduced income segregation, stabilization of transit system ridership, workforce stabilization, and strengthens the socioeconomic makeup of the neighborhood.  For these reasons, many jurisdictions are ...Read more.

Lewisville, TX

Posted by | Filed under Opportunity Cities | Sep 25, 2011 | No Comments

The Denton County Transportation Authority recently opened three new commuter rail stations in the City of Lewisville: Highland Village/Lewisville Lake, Old Town Lewisville, and Hebron with direct connections to the DART light rail and access to it’s entire system.  This connection now allows someone to travel car-free from Denton to downtown Dallas and downtown Fort ...Read more.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority 2010 Strategic Plan

Posted by | Filed under Opportunity Cities | Sep 16, 2011 | No Comments

  The City of Fort Worth has seen tremendous growth over the past 10 years, 38%, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.  Like many cities they will need to adapt to the changing demographics this type of growth demands.  Currently, The T operates local bus service and co-operates commuter rail, the Trinity ...Read more.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (TOD) Guidelines: Promoting TOD around DART Transit Facilities (Aug. 2008)

Posted by | Filed under TOD Guidelines | Jul 23, 2011 | No Comments

Below are excerpts from the DART Transit-Oriented Development Guidelines: DART aims to help create communities where residents can live, work, and play without relying on an automobile. Opened in 1996, the DART light rail system now encompasses 45 miles of transit and 35 light rail transit (LRT) stations.  Successful TODs achieve the following: Embody the principles of ...Read more.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

On June 16, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that they were forming the inter-agency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  This action marked a fundamental shift in the way the federal government structures its transportation, housing ...Read more.

Supportive Policies and Programs Overview

Federal Policy:  There are a number of Federal programs that currently support (or can be used to support) planning for or building TOD.  Examples include the New Starts transit capital program, which awards points in the application process to proposed transit projects with transit-supportive land use characteristics, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, ...Read more.

Mobility 2030 Summary: The Transportation Plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area 2009 Amendment

 Mobility 2030 is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area that has been adopted by the Regional Transportation Council.  The MTP is a $78.3 billion (2009$) blueprint for the region’s multimodal transportation system through 2030. Guiding Principles: By 2030, the region will need about $142.9 billion (2009$) to eliminate the most severe ...Read more.

Eastside Village: Downtown Plano Station (Plano, Texas)

Posted by | Filed under Case Studies | May 21, 2011 | No Comments

Project Summary Eastside Village is located in downtown Plano, Texas immediately adjacent to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Downtown Plano Station along the Red Line and the DART bus system.  Plano is a large suburban city located approximately 19 miles north of downtown Dallas.  It has experienced enormous growth over the past 50 years growing ...Read more.

Where do we go from here?

Posted by | Filed under Blog | May 14, 2011 | No Comments

The New Urbanism promises to change our suburban neighborhoods into places of rich relationships.  What about our urban neighborhoods?  As more and more families move out to the suburbs seeking affordable housing and quality education for their children, urban neighborhoods struggle to retain families and provide adequate education for the families that do stay.  So ...Read more.

Mockingbird Station, Dallas, Texas

Posted by | Filed under Case Studies | Apr 30, 2011 | No Comments

Project Summary The first mixed-use project designed and built around a multimodal, rail-based transit station in Dallas, Mockingbird Station has achieved what many once thought was impossible: it has convinced middleclass, automobile-driving residents to use transit. The transit-oriented development (TOD)—which contains 178,000 square feet (16,536 m2) of retail, restaurant, and cinema space; 137,000 square feet ...Read more.