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Transit-Oriented Development Benefits and Projects Brochure

 

TOD Brochure

Between 2001 and 2010, the Regional Transportation Council, through the Sustainable Development Calls for Projects (SDCFP), awarded over $99 million to match $24 million in local government funds for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) infrastructure and planning studies. Infrastructure funds were used for sidewalk and streetscape infrastructure associated with the development of over 7,600 housing units and 2.8 million square feet of commercial space around existing rail stations. Visit the highlighted locations in the TOD brochure to see wide sidewalks and attractive streetscapes for a safe and pleasant walking environment.

Click here or on the image to the left to view the TOD brochure.

 

Why is TOD Important to North Texas?

      

The Dallas-Fort Worth region’s population is currently 7 million and is projected to increase to over 10 million by 2040.  This growth will require room for more commuters and demand for housing. TODs provide more commuting capacity and housing options, which can help to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and enable healthier commutes.

       

North Texans want more choice in transportation. In 2015, NCTCOG surveyed North Texas residents and found that over 67 percent would like their community to add or improve access to public transportation, and 72 percent would consider options besides driving alone to work if they were more convenient.

NCTCOG Surveys referenced in brochure:

Benefits of implementing TOD:

 

Transportation Benefits

 

  • More destinations near transit means more mode choices for more commuters.
  • The cost of congestion delay for North Texas is forecasted to reach $25 billion by 2040.1

Economic Benefits

 

  • Investments around transit stations have high returns for business and taxpayers.
  • Rent on office space near stations in North Texas has a 13.9% premium versus offices elsewhere.2
  • Compact TOD is more fiscally efficient and reduces long-term public service costs, saving taxpayers money.3
  • Individuals can save close to $10,000 a year using transit in place of car ownership.4

Health Benefits

 

  • Transit-oriented development creates opportunities for healthier and safer travel.    
  • Walking just 30 minutes three times a week can produce a 26% reduction in the risk of heart disease and a 20% reduction in overall death rate.5
  • TOD can improve air quality by providing opportunities for more transit trips that generally emit less pollution on a per person basis.6

Benefit Source References

 

        3) Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth
             Development (May 2013)
               https://smartgrowthamerica.org/resources/building-better-budgets-a-national-examination-of-
                  the-fiscal-benefits-of-smart-growth-development/

 

        4) APTA: Public transit users save $9980 annually (apta.com, 2012)
                http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/2012/Pages/120510_TransitSavingsReport.aspx  

 

        5) Walking: Your Steps to Health (Harvard Medical School, 2009)

               https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/walking-your-steps-to-health

 

        6)  Transit’s Role in Environmental Sustainability (Federal Transit Administration, 2017)

                https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/environmental-programs/transit-
                 environmental-sustainability/transit-role
 

 

 

10/18/2017  10/17/2017 bw

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