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.
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
- Materials from the June 2013 TOD forum organized by the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Partnership for Strong Communities. Includes a market analysis of TOD and a report on Land Value Capture.
- Materials from April 2013 TOD forum organized by CT Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association and Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Includes TOD examples from NJ and MA.
- Materials from December 2012 TOD forum organized by the Partnership and the CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development. Topics covered include placemaking, land value capture, mixed-income housing, demand for TOD, impact on property values, mixed-use, proactive planning and more.
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.
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.
Organizations that Offer Resources
- Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University
- Reconnecting America
- Regional Plan Association
- Smart Growth America
- Tri-State Transportation Campaign
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.