That this reverse approach to transit is not just a pipe-dream is demonstrated with the Beltline in Atlanta:
Atlanta Advances TOD Planning
MARTA and the Atlanta Beltline have been chosen to receive federal grants to help spur denser development around future transit lines, the Federal Transit Administration announced Tuesday. MARTA was awarded $1.6 million, while the Beltline received $500,000 as part of a pilot program of the FTA to encourage transit oriented development and infill in under utilized areas.
The money must be used to plan and promote future development of businesses and homes along proposed transit lines - the kind of development that will attract built-in customers for those transit lines one day. (Think high-rise office buildings, condos and apartment towers.)
Transit-oriented development or "transit supportive development" is helpful in obtaining future FTA grants, because it demonstrates that the new trains or streetcars would be able to draw riders, said Janide Sidifall, a senior project manager for MARTA. Story
Here all about Atlanta and the Beltline at our upcoming TOD Conference. Atlanta Beltline's CEO Paul Morris will be speaking at the event! More
Baltimore's needs persist just as much in community investment as they in transit. It was envisioned to use $3 billion transit money to leverage community investment. With that money gone, though, the community needs remain in Edmondson Village, in Rosemont, in West Baltimore, in Harlem Park and in East Baltimore where Eastern Avenue does more to separate Highlandtown from Greektown than to connect it.
The SAAC plans were developed over a 18 month inclusive process by hundreds of citizens and stakeholders with participation of city and county agencies. What would be more obvious than to let this work come to fruition? Instead of a rail station we will have to imagine enhanced bus stations and stops, maybe some transit hubs, intermediate steps in transit maybe, but the developed places in the community would be permanent.
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA