May 2005 Volume 1, Number 1

Ten Principles for Successful Development Around Transit

In an enlightening review of successful TODs across the country, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) released a report in 2003 to help municipal officials and planners successfully implement development around transit centers. The report, authored by Robert Dunphy, Deborah Myerson and Michael Pawlukiewicz, identified the following 10 principles that should guide transit-oriented development strategies:

Make It Better with a Vision
Apply the Power of Partnerships
Think Development When Thinking about Transit
Get the Parking Right
Build a Place, Not a Project
Make Retail Development Market Driven, Not Transit Driven
Mix Uses, but Not Necessarily in the Same Place
Make Buses a Great Idea
Encourage Every Price Point to Live around Transit
Engage Corporate Attention

Offices Near Transit, San Diego, CA

This final principle describes a major, but often neglected, factor in determining the success of transit-oriented development projects. According to the ULI report, the corporate sector can play an especially influential role in stimulating development around transit stations. As corporations commit to the principles of transit-oriented development, firms will begin to base location choices on a different set of priorities as detailed below:

Workplace Culture: What's Out and What's In

OUT

IN

Suburban / exurban campus location

Locations close to transit

Corporate campuses

Mixed-use developments

Kiss and ride

Live, work, play and ride

Location near the chief executive’s home

Location convenient for workers

Free parking

Free transit passes

Driving to lunch

Walking to lunch

Errands on the way home

Errands at lunchtime

Commuting car

Fuel-efficient station car

Quality of the workplace

Quality of life

Source: Dunphy, R., D. Myerson and M. Pawlukiewicz. 2003. Ten Principles for Successful Development around Transit. Washington, D.C.: ULI-the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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