Transit-Oriented Development

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a compact, high density, multimodal, mixed-use form of development within one-half mile of a transit station that maximizes existing infrastructure. TOD is a departure from the auto-oriented, sprawling development pattern to a more pedestrian-oriented, transit-friendly format that combines residential, commercial and recreational uses within a walkable distance of a premium transit service. A TOD is typically designed with smaller block sizes with the densest areas normally located within a radius of one-quarter to one-half mile around the central transit stop. TOD primarily occurs when regional or local governments encourage it through land use planning, zoning laws and changes to building codes, among other things. Facilitating TOD also requires interagency collaboration between transit agencies, land use authorities and government institutions, along with buy-in from the public and development community, to be successful.

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JTA’s TOD Program aims to create economic opportunity, community enhancement and financial sustainability by improving mobility through the cooperative planning of transportation and land development. Land development and redevelopment in areas adjacent to transit facilities such as Skyway stations, bus rapid transit (BRT) stations and intermodal stations will impact and be influenced by those transit facilities. Among other significant impacts, such development can affect transit ridership and trip share, which in turn affect such key elements as farebox recovery, transportation system congestion and parking demand. Conversely, transit facilities will influence such things as the character of the adjacent development, cost of infrastructure to support the development, and the desirability and sustainability of the development. Therefore, it is essential to have established goals, evaluation criteria, procedures and practices to ensure these mutual impacts and influences are positive for both the transit facilities, operations of the JTA and its patrons, as well as the character and operations of the adjacent developments.


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JTA aims to increase transit ridership, reduce auto-dependence and transportation costs and improve the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists through the emphasis of multimodal transportation solutions and improved transportation infrastructure.


JTA aims to reduce its carbon footprint, provide equitable access to opportunities through improved mobility, and improve the environment and public health through sustainable transportation solutions and the creation of an environment that is safe for all users.


JTA aims to drive development and redevelopment, generate revenues for future transportation improvements, enhance job access and reduce housing and vehicle costs by encouraging smart growth development that efficiently utilizes land and provides connections to surrounding uses.


JTA aims to generate alternate funding for transit projects, increase fare revenues, establish Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), and grow the tax base through an improved transportation network, and the implementation of innovative value capture solutions.


To learn more about the JTA's mission to create safe places to live, work and play through Transit-Oriented Development, explore the latest issue of Momentum magazine.


To speak with JTA about Transit-Oriented Development opportunities, contact:

Cleveland Ferguson

SVP - Chief Administration Officer