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Transit Oriented Development: What Does the Research Tell Us?

Jon Carnegie, AICP/PP. May 2012.

A presentation made to a joint meeting of the Somerville, New Jersey council, planning board and zoning board of adjustment.



An Evaluation of Property Values in New Jersey Transit Villages

Robert Noland, Ph.D., Michael Lahr, Ph.D., and Stephanie Dipetrillo, 101 pages. February 2011.

This report provides an analysis of whether the New Jersey Transit Village Initiative has led to increases in property values in municipalities that have joined the program. Our results suggest that for residential property values there is likely an association between higher property values and being designated a Transit Village; however, we cannot show that this is a cause and effect relationship. That is, we are unable to ascertain whether the Transit Village designation itself eventually leads to higher residential property values, as opposed to other factors. We also analyzed commercial rental rates, for industrial, office, and retail uses, but weren't unable to draw confident conclusions due to data limitations.

Final Report


Eliminating Barriers to Transit-Oriented Development

Daniel Chatman, Ph.D., and Stephanie DiPetrillo, 81 pages. March 2010.

This report looked at three conditions that could be barriers to transit-oriented development: impacts on schools; impacts to local auto traffic; and, impacts on local parking. Ten transit stations in distinct communities were investigated, comparing households living near rail stations as well as farther away in both old and new housing.

Final Report

NJDOT Technical Brief


New Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Study Released

VTC has completed its second report, "Land Development at Selected Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Stations," examining real estate development near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line, focusing on new residential construction at five stations in Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken and Union City. Conducted by VTC Senior Policy Fellow Martin Robins and Dr. Jan Wells, the study documented 10,139 housing units either built or under construction at the five locations resulting in a total estimated sales value in excess of $5.3 billion. The study lists a series of development, transportation and community benefits resulting from the TOD development.
Final Report


Somerset County TOD Plan wins NJAPA award

The plan “TOD Opportunities in Somerset County, New Jersey” was awarded the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association (NJAPA) Outstanding Planning Implementation Award. This plan, profiled in Volume 1, Number 1 of Transit-Friendly Development, was a collaborative effort led by Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC with assistance from Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University. The document presented an analysis of opportunities for transit-oriented development in Somerset County. In direct consultation with county residents, the team produced station-area plans and implementation strategies for three locations along NJ TRANSIT's Raritan Valley Line. These conceptual visions for sites located in Bound Brook, Branchburg and Somerville provide a guide for municipalities to effectively implement TOD planning at the local level, focusing particularly on design, regulatory policy and financial strategies.
Final Report


TOD Library

Communicating the Benefits of TOD: The City of Evanston's Transit Oriented Redevelopment and The Hudson Bergen Light Rail Transit System (2006) -- click here for executive summary
By Cali Gorewitz and Gloria Ohland, Reconnecting America’s Center for Transit-Oriented Development,
Carrie Makarewicz and Albert Benedict, Center for Neighborhood Techology and
Dr. Jan Wells and Martin Robins, Voorhees Transportation Center
(Prepared for the US EPA's Development, Community and Environment Division)

Housing Diversity and Affordability in New Jersey's Transit Villages (2006)
By Dorothy Morallos
(Mabel Smith Honors Thesis, Douglass College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Transit-Oriented Development: Developing a Strategy to Measure Success (2005)
By John L. Renne and Jan S. Wells
(Research Results Digest 294, National Cooperative Highway Research Program)

Emerging European-Style Planning in the US: Transit-Oriented Development (2004)
By Jan S. Wells and John L. Renne
An article published in World Transport Policy & Practice.

Planning for Transit-Friendly Land Use: A Handbook for New Jersey Communities (1994)


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