Municipal Resources: Transportation & TOD

 

Transportation is a key issue when considering housing development in your community. To better understand the critical relationship between transportation and housing, we've highlighted some relevant resources and publications.
 

Partnership Publications

The Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT
This toolkit provides information on how towns can 
provide sustainable housing, retail and commercial options and creating lively, attractive gathering places by marrying transit service with housing and community development. 

 

Capturing the Value of Transit: Harnessing Connecticut’s Future to Create Healthy Transit Neighborhoods 
A report that explores innovative financing approaches to bridge the gap between current needs and future revenue growth in areas with access to transit.

 

Materials from TOD Events and Trainings

 

Videos

Idea Factories
A 13-minute video showcasing how five CT towns - Bristol, Colchester, Hamden, Old Saybrook and Simsbury - engaged the public in town planning using various methods.

 

 

Additional Resources

Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide
An online guide that offers strategies and tools to incorporate mixed-income housing in TOD.

 

Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Change
Report from Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University on the need to maintain diversity around transit stations and how to go about doing it. 

 

Center for Transit-Oriented Development
A gateway into various resources related to TOD. Check out their TOD-UCATION materials, which offer a comprehensive guide to concepts and best practices related to TOD.

 

Housing + Transportation Index
This map-based interface combines housing and transportation costs for a better understanding of the potential cost benefits of development near transit. 

 

Complete Streets in a Box
Developed by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, this helpful toolkit provides resources that describe the "complete streets" concept and how to implement it.
 

 

Organizations that Offer Resources

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Some people say affordable housing will increase traffic. What's the evidence? 

Many towns have reduced their parking-space requirements for multifamily housing, finding that housing units don't include as many drivers or automobiles as once believed. This is particularly true when multifamily housing is built in locations walkable to jobs or near transit stations or in town centers or along commercial strips served by buses. In those cases, residents are happy to avoid the purchase, leasing, maintenance, insurance, gasoline and other costs connected to autos. Many of the TOD resources listed above provide more detailed information on parking and public transit use and how they relate to housing.

 

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