Network Overview

The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Network supports city efforts to deliver compact, walkable, mixed-use communities centred around high-quality public transport.

Cities worldwide are aiming to create more livable, well-connected communities to reverse the trend of development that relies on private vehicle travel and poor links to transit lines. Transit oriented development represents a transition away from the “urban sprawl” model of development, something the 2014 New Climate Economy Report calls “one of the world’s most significant market failures.” Transit oriented development offer solutions to reduce carbon emissions, congestion and air pollution while also increasing economic prosperity by connecting housing to economic and employment opportunities.

Transit Oriented Development Network Focus Areas

The TOD Network supports the delivery and implementation of transit oriented development policies and projects. Cities participating in the network have prioritised four focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies, strategies, ideas and challenges with one another. The focus areas are:

Financing - recouping public investment from private sector land-value increases to fund TOD

Social equity - ensuring development close to transit is affordable

Public engagement - engaging communities in the design, planning and delivery of TOD

Active mobility - encouraging walking and cycling through street improvement projects and parking policies

The Transit Oriented Development Network is led by Tshwane.

Compact cities with strong public transit systems reduce reliance on motorized passenger vehicles, with positive impacts on the quality of life and economic opportunities for urban citizens. I am grateful to the Ford Foundation for supporting our work. We are witnessing concrete results on transit oriented development here in Rio with the seamless integration of the Transbrasil BRT system within the communities it will serve.

C40 Chair, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes

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