For more than 20 years, transit-oriented development (TOD) has been a desired destination for people to live, work, and play. The opportunity to reside in a vibrant locale with convenient access to restaurants, shopping, employment, and alternative mobility options has been a preferred lifestyle for many, especially since the great recession.
The availability of mass transit, and the opportunity to have transportation alternatives to the single-occupancy vehicle to access work, entertainment, and other destinations is critical to TODs’ success. TODs encourage a convenient and sustainable lifestyle, enabling many people to give up their vehicles (or downsize to one) and enjoy walkable amenities while maintaining access to transit options to get them to they where they want to go. TODs have also helped redevelop and enliven downtown areas and properties that were previously blighted, underutilized, and not the highest and best use given their proximity to mass transit assets.
In the June issue of Parking & Mobility, Jim Zullo, CAPP, AICP, takes a hard look at TODs post-COVID, including parking, the ups and downs so far, and what’s ahead, including where opportunity is hiding in plain sight. It’s a must-read; find it here.