What can be done to reduce barriers and catalyze equitable and sustainable transit-oriented development? Five briefing papers focus on the critical roles different stakeholder groups can play and explore new TOD models that will respond to the needs of the 21st century.

Creating equitable and sustainable communities near transit is increasingly recognized by a range of stakeholders as an important real estate, community, and economic development model. However, it remains a niche market in the real estate industry.

The five papers presented in this resource focus on the critical roles different stakeholder groups can play in catalyzing opportunities for TOD implementation across the country. They explore new models and tools that will respond to the needs of the 21st century.

The papers were written as briefing papers for a meeting convened by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD), Living Cities and the Boston College Institute for Responsible Investment in 2009.

The briefing papers address sustainable TOD, the barriers to achieving it, and ways to promote its growth, from a variety of perspectives, including:

  • A framing paper from the Center for Transit-Oriented Development – what is the ideal for TOD we want to see on the ground v. the reality of current land-use and development patterns and what has actually been achieved?
  • A framing paper from the Center for Transit-Oriented Development – what is the ideal for TOD we want to see on the ground v. the reality of current land-use and development patterns and what has actually been achieved?
  • The role of the investment community – what are the varieties of public and private financing require to create sustainable TOD?
  • The role of private developers – to what degree can private developers work to create more equitable and sustainable TOD? What are their key areas of expertise as well as their limitations?
  • The role of the philanthropic sector – what are foundations doing now and what additionally can they do to proactively support needed reforms and activities to help bring TOD to scale?

Together, these papers map out a series of common and distinct barriers faced by the wide variety of stakeholders involved in producing sustainable TOD.