Thursday, January 13, 2011

Partnering to Multiply Benefits of Transit

Two publications are being distributed that demonstrate partnering across funding streams and types of public and private works. These partnerships have multiple benefits for communities.

Community Transportation Association of America
CTAA's current issue of Community Transportation Magazine focuses on examples of partnerships for coordination, whether among transit and long-distance systems, in the case of San Francisco's planned new terminal (said to rival Grand Central Station) or a transit hub in Spearfish, S.D., or among human service agencies and public transit, such as in Massachusetts. The issue profiles Cape Cod's employment of technology to assist transit and for rider information and scheduling. The issue also covers Institutes for Coordination, complete streets and ride sharing models.

(As for any station competing with Grand Central, first visit Grand Central at 8:30 on any particular sunny morning with streams of light falling across the station and then tell me whether another facility can rival the beauty of this New York landmark. The answer might be yes, in which case there will be a new place to inspire us all.)

Putting Money into Transit-Oriented Development

Reconnecting America
The latest Reconnecting America TOD publication, 2010 Inventory of TOD Programs, covers federal, state and local funding for TOD. The report does not examine any other type of TOD inducements, such as zoning changes or partnerships with transit. Most of the TOD programs mentioned seek to capitalize on existing transit rather than developing transit and residential or commercial projects in conjunction with one another. Reconnecting America announces that TOD programs are on the rise, with many interested communities seeking advice from existing program personnel.

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