What is transit oriented development? A type of development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail, and other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation. - Reconnecting America Haverhill Newton Chelsea Boston
Focus areas for Wollaston Half-Mile Area Study Area T
What are the benefits of TOD? $$$$ Decreased transportation costs Increased access to jobs and economicWork Home opportunity Reduced driving results in less congestion and environmental benefits Added value to the neighborhood from new development Increased transit ridership and revenue for the MBTA
TOD and Wollaston T – availability, quality, and use of transit O – demographic make-up of the area D – characteristics of development in the area
The T – TransitWhat improvements could be made to create better access to transit? Station Access at Wollaston Commute Modes: 1.1% 0.2% Drive Alone - 62% 6.9% Transit - 29% Walk Walk/Bike - 4% Drive/Park 32.2% Drop-Off 59.5% Bike MBTA Bus Average Weekday Hourly Boardings 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 Braintree 15,000 Quincy Adams Quincy Center 10,000 Wollaston 5,000 0
The O – Oriented to the People Who makes up core transit users? Transit Dependent Renters 19% of households 54% of all housing units don’t have access to a are renter occupied vehicle Lower-Income Households Diverse Populations 20% of households make less More likely to use public transit. (Simpson Diversity Index Rating than $25,000 per year. 39% .55 for the station area)make less than $50,000 per year. The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy has found statistically significant correlations between these five demographic characteristics and lower vehicle use.
The D – Development Characteristics How can new development add to the vibrancy of Wollaston? Walkability WalkScore® rates Wollaston Area Population by Age Wollaston area as very 4,500 2000walkable (82 out of 100) 4,000 2010 3,500 3,000 2,500 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 Parking - Under 18 18_24 25_34 35_44 45_54 55_64 65+39% of the land in the Source: Census 2000 and 2010, Data for intersecting Census Tractsstudy area is currently used for parking.
Group Discussions• 60 minutes to cover four questions• Each group has a facilitator to guide thediscussion• Need one volunteer note taker and one volunteerto report out• Report out will consist of one theme or big ideathat came from your group’s discussion
Where are Wollaston’s blind spots?• Cover left eye, look at star with right eye.• Slowly move paper toward your face.• Notice the dot disappear?
Discussion Questions1. What do you value most about Wollaston Center and adjacent neighborhoods?2. Given the housing needs of the community, where are the best opportunities for adding housing in Wollaston Center?3. What types of businesses could be supported through improved access by walking, biking and transit in Wollaston Center?4. What improvements could be made to better connect the surrounding neighborhoods to the Wollaston commercial center and Red Line station?
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