Integrating Transportation Systems   and the Communities They Serve                 Mariia Zimmerman, Reconnecting America...
Reconnecting AmericaRemaking the Mission of Transit for Communities and the Environment    CTOD•   Creating a national mar...
2009: It was the Best of Times,  It was the Worst of Times                          www.reconnectingamerica.org
• Transit increasingly  being seen as  legitimate tool to  save the planet             www.reconnectingamerica.org
National Transportation Objectives in                Support of Transit•Economiccompetitiveness andSystem Efficiency• Equa...
www.reconnectingamerica.org
AMERICANS WANT MORE TRANSPORTATION CHOICETRANSIT IS IN ABUILDINGBOOM,CREATINGMOREOPPORTUNITIESFOR TOD • 3,500 existing sta...
Demand for Walkable Urbanism or TOD will Represent At Least 1/3 of the US Housing             Market by 2030
Transit Ridership at 40 Year High!Transit Ridership       Year High!Up 32% Since 1995
Development Industry Responds• ULI/PriceWaterhouseCoopers  “emerging trends” real estate  report ranked TOD as one of  the...
• BUT …. Same  issues that have  created national  economic crisis  threaten transit                     www.reconnectinga...
Rising Health Care Costs                      www.reconnectingamerica.org
Transit Agencies Caught in AIG and Market Collapse                       www.reconnectingamerica.org
State and Local Budget Crisis                        www.reconnectingamerica.org
Rises and VolatilePrice Increases inCapital andOperating Costs          www.reconnectingamerica.org
United States of Transit CutsTransit agencies employed over 370,000 workers in 2006.                                      ...
The Trillion Dollar Question: How       do we pay for it all?                           www.reconnectingamerica.org
And New York State!America at a Crossroads
Economy                                     Energy Concerns       In 2009, we have a unique opportunity for change        ...
Goals for the Next Federal Bill            Empower Local Communities to Meet National GoalsBuild a World Class 21st Transp...
Creating Success at Local Levels• Planning for transit and TOD  needs to maximize the impact of  public transit investment...
Communities Supporting TransitSynergy between land use and transitdelivers:• Truly Affordable Housing and   Access to Jobs...
Value to Transportation SystemSynergy between transit andland use that delivers:• Increased Ridership and  Revenue• Region...
Regional Strategies Emerging                              Denver, CO                       www.reconnectingamerica.org
Transit SystemSize Affects TOD  Performance•   TOD Market Grows•   Car Ownership Declines•   Incomes Reflect Regional Prof...
Integrating with Housing Choices  Portland’s Pearl District   U Street, DC                                 www.reconnectin...
Integrating with Destinations• Walk to shops and services• Access daily needs without  driving• Link trips to community us...
Integrating with Travel Options• Transit can’t do it alone• Walkable places are essential• Lower Parking Standards in TOD•...
Creating Vibrant Public Spaces• Gathering places and opportunities  for interaction• Reflect local character and  communit...
Fostering Community              Engagement• Outreach and meaningful  involvement in planning  process• Long-term strategy...
We know it when   we see it• Streets
We know it when we       see it• Buildings
No “One Size Fits All” Solution                          www.reconnectingamerica.org
Not Your Grandfather’s Transit                         www.reconnectingamerica.org
Getting TOD Right: Portland’s Pearl District                    TRANSIT                                       DENSE       ...
Getting TOD Right: Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor                   TRANSIT                                    CORRIDOR        ...
NYC as Sustainability Leader                        www.reconnectingamerica.org
What Can We Already Do?• Target Housing and Economic  Development Incentives     NJ, MA, CA, IL• Coordinate Land Use & Tr...
Creating Sustainable Communities withTransit• Think big!• Provide benefits to a full range  of households.• Form strong pa...
Integrating Transportation Systems   and the Communities They Serve                  Mariia Zimmerman, Reconnecting Americ...
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Mariia Zimmerman
Vice President For Policy
Reconnecting America
www.reconnectingamerica.org

Reconnecting America is a national non-profit organization working to integrate transportation systems and the communities
they serve with the goal of generating lasting public and private returns, improving economic and environmental efficiency, and
giving consumers more housing and mobility choices. Reconnecting America provides the public and private sectors with an impartial, fact-based perspective on development-oriented transit and transit-oriented development, and seeks to reinvent the planning and delivery system for building regions and communities around transit and walking rather than solely around the
automobile.

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Reconnecting America: Integrating Transportation Systems and the Communities They Serve

  1. 1. Integrating Transportation Systems and the Communities They Serve Mariia Zimmerman, Reconnecting America New York Public Transit Association, June 11, 2009 www.reconnectingamerica.org
  2. 2. Reconnecting AmericaRemaking the Mission of Transit for Communities and the Environment CTOD• Creating a national marketplace for TOD, working with cities, transit agencies, developers, investors + communities• Technical assistance, research, + policy reform• On-line Clearinghouse of TOD + Transit Best Practices T4America• An alliance of business, housing, environment, development, labor, health, ageing and transportation interests for transportation investments that are economically sound, respond to markets and improve the lives of people• Campaign Focus on the Next Federal Transportation Bill
  3. 3. 2009: It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times www.reconnectingamerica.org
  4. 4. • Transit increasingly being seen as legitimate tool to save the planet www.reconnectingamerica.org
  5. 5. National Transportation Objectives in Support of Transit•Economiccompetitiveness andSystem Efficiency• Equal Access toImproved Options• System Condition andConnectivity• Safety and Public Health• Energy Security• Environmental andClimate Protection www.reconnectingamerica.org
  6. 6. www.reconnectingamerica.org
  7. 7. AMERICANS WANT MORE TRANSPORTATION CHOICETRANSIT IS IN ABUILDINGBOOM,CREATINGMOREOPPORTUNITIESFOR TOD • 3,500 existing stations in 33 regions with “fixed-guideway” transit; DENVER’S UNION STATION • 700 additional stations being built and 15 regions with new systems; • Many regions are deciding that rather than wait for federal funding they will tax themselves to build transit • The private sector is contributing to streetcar systems, new light and heavy rail stations and new rail lines.
  8. 8. Demand for Walkable Urbanism or TOD will Represent At Least 1/3 of the US Housing Market by 2030
  9. 9. Transit Ridership at 40 Year High!Transit Ridership Year High!Up 32% Since 1995
  10. 10. Development Industry Responds• ULI/PriceWaterhouseCoopers “emerging trends” real estate report ranked TOD as one of the best bets for investors 4 years in a row• Many developers re-orienting towards infill projects• Building permits in cities growing as overall share over last decade, sometimes dramatically. www.reconnectingamerica.org
  11. 11. • BUT …. Same issues that have created national economic crisis threaten transit www.reconnectingamerica.org
  12. 12. Rising Health Care Costs www.reconnectingamerica.org
  13. 13. Transit Agencies Caught in AIG and Market Collapse www.reconnectingamerica.org
  14. 14. State and Local Budget Crisis www.reconnectingamerica.org
  15. 15. Rises and VolatilePrice Increases inCapital andOperating Costs www.reconnectingamerica.org
  16. 16. United States of Transit CutsTransit agencies employed over 370,000 workers in 2006. www.reconnectingamerica.org
  17. 17. The Trillion Dollar Question: How do we pay for it all? www.reconnectingamerica.org
  18. 18. And New York State!America at a Crossroads
  19. 19. Economy Energy Concerns In 2009, we have a unique opportunity for change in the next transportation cycle.Demographics A Broke & Broken System
  20. 20. Goals for the Next Federal Bill Empower Local Communities to Meet National GoalsBuild a World Class 21st Transportation Network Grow the Economy and Create JobsGive Americans the Transportation Options They Need Ensure Safety & Improved Public Health Outcomes for AllAchieve Energy Security and Restore Climate Stability
  21. 21. Creating Success at Local Levels• Planning for transit and TOD needs to maximize the impact of public transit investment• Need coordinated plan for success, so that everyone can benefit• Need for a regional transit and land use vision that can guide long-term implementation. www.reconnectingamerica.org
  22. 22. Communities Supporting TransitSynergy between land use and transitdelivers:• Truly Affordable Housing and Access to Jobs• Expanded Travel, Shopping and Housing Choices• Regional Connections and Less Need to Drive• Community Revitalization and Placemaking• Environmental and Air Quality Improvements www.reconnectingamerica.org
  23. 23. Value to Transportation SystemSynergy between transit andland use that delivers:• Increased Ridership and Revenue• Regional Connections and Efficiency• Value Creation and Financial Return• Public Support for Expansion Projects www.reconnectingamerica.org
  24. 24. Regional Strategies Emerging Denver, CO www.reconnectingamerica.org
  25. 25. Transit SystemSize Affects TOD Performance• TOD Market Grows• Car Ownership Declines• Incomes Reflect Regional Profile• Wider Array of Household Types Seek Housing Near Transit• Higher Walk, Bike and Transit Mode Shares• More Mid-Day Transit Trips
  26. 26. Integrating with Housing Choices Portland’s Pearl District U Street, DC www.reconnectingamerica.org
  27. 27. Integrating with Destinations• Walk to shops and services• Access daily needs without driving• Link trips to community uses such as schools and libraries• Employment centers served by transit Bethesda, MD• Destinations Matter! www.reconnectingamerica.org
  28. 28. Integrating with Travel Options• Transit can’t do it alone• Walkable places are essential• Lower Parking Standards in TOD• Car Sharing + Shared parking• Bike and pedestrian connections• High quality transit service and bus connections Minneapolis, MN www.reconnectingamerica.org
  29. 29. Creating Vibrant Public Spaces• Gathering places and opportunities for interaction• Reflect local character and community• Provide venue for various activities• Demonstrate positive public investment in transit and demand the same from private sector. San Francisco, CA www.reconnectingamerica.org
  30. 30. Fostering Community Engagement• Outreach and meaningful involvement in planning process• Long-term strategy and collaboration• Clear implementation steps so everyone can see progress www.reconnectingamerica.org
  31. 31. We know it when we see it• Streets
  32. 32. We know it when we see it• Buildings
  33. 33. No “One Size Fits All” Solution www.reconnectingamerica.org
  34. 34. Not Your Grandfather’s Transit www.reconnectingamerica.org
  35. 35. Getting TOD Right: Portland’s Pearl District TRANSIT DENSE NEIGHBORHOODWALKABLE STREETS PARKS AND PLAZAS www.reconnectingamerica.org
  36. 36. Getting TOD Right: Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor TRANSIT CORRIDOR PLANNING BUILDING COMMUNITY DISTINCT PLACES www.reconnectingamerica.org
  37. 37. NYC as Sustainability Leader www.reconnectingamerica.org
  38. 38. What Can We Already Do?• Target Housing and Economic Development Incentives  NJ, MA, CA, IL• Coordinate Land Use & Transit in Planning and Funding  MD, OR, FL, CA• Capture Value for Local Use  PA, CA , NC• Early Land Acquisition for Pittsburgh Map? Affordable Housing Or other Photos  New MN LAAND Program www.reconnectingamerica.org
  39. 39. Creating Sustainable Communities withTransit• Think big!• Provide benefits to a full range of households.• Form strong partnerships• Plans and codes are not always sufficient• Be proactive and plan for success www.reconnectingamerica.org
  40. 40. Integrating Transportation Systems and the Communities They Serve Mariia Zimmerman, Reconnecting America MZIMMERMAN@RECONNECTINGAMERICA.ORG, 202-429-6990 www.reconnectingamerica.org

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