TOD Publications

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Below you will find a list of resources that provide a more comprehensive definition of transit-oriented development, and describe unique ways communities have incorporated TOD into their transportation and land use plans. The list of resources begin with FTA funded research and end with research sponsored by non-profits and other stakeholder groups.

FTA Funded Resources

TOD 101: Why Transit Oriented Development and Why Now?

TOD 200 Series Station Area Planning: How to Make Great Transit-Oriented Places 

TOD 200 Series Transit & Employment: Increasing Transit's Share of the Commute Trip  

TOD 200 Series Mixed Income Housing Near-Transit: Increasing Affordability with Location Efficiency

Better Coordination of Transportation and Housing Programs to Promote Affordable Housing Near Transit

Realizing the Potential: One Year Later:

Realizing the Potential: Expanding Housing Opportunities Near Transit: A report funded by the FTA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows that location matters a great deal when it comes to reducing household costs.

Hidden in Plain Sight, Capturing the Demand for Housing Near Transit:  Report written by Reconnecting America's Center for Transit-Oriented Development.

TCRP Report 95 Chapter 17: Transit Oriented Development (PDF):  Report published by TRB and sponsored by FTA that explores the TOD land use strategy and its transportation impacts in terms of regional context, land use mix, and primary transit mode.

TOD Lessons Learned (PDF):  Results of FTA’s Listening Sessions With Developers, Bankers, and Transit Agencies on transit oriented development.

Childcare Services at Transit Stations (PDF): 2005 report on successful examples of childcare facilities at public transit centers.

DOT Funded Resources

Transportation Toolbox for Rural and Small Communities: The Transportation Toolbox for Rural Areas and Small Communities was designed to assist public and private stakeholders in planning, developing, and improving rural areas and small communities, especially through transportation and related projects.

EPA Resources

Best Development Practices: A Primer (PDF): EPA document that includes illustrative practices of incorporating transit-oriented design features.

State DOTs and Regions

California TOD Searchable Database: Database that allows the user to access and search detailed information on TODs in California.

Envision Utah TOD Resource Guide: Handbooks for understanding, designing, and implementing transit-oriented development and creating distinct and walkable communities (links near bottom of page).

The History of Envision Utah: Includes the role that transit-oriented development is playing in shaping the community and affecting economic growth. 


The Center for Livable Communities: The Center for Livable Communities is a national initiative of the Local Government Commission (LGC) a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization of elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals throughout California and other states.

American Public Transportation Association (APTA): Click to learn more about APTA's commitment to this initiative.

Center for Transit-Oriented Development: A nonprofit created by SAFETEA-LU, dedicated to providing best practices, research and tools to support market-based transit-oriented development.

National Complete Streets Coalition: The National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed.

Smart Growth America: A coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home

Other Publications that Support the Livable and Sustainable Communities Initiative

Smart Growth Online: A service of the Smart Growth Network, which works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment.

Sustainable Communities Network: Linking citizens to resources and to one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities.

Sustainable Communities Network: Linking citizens to resources and to one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities.

Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and Management of Change: Guidebook that contains the culmination of APA's seven year Growing Smart Project, an effort to draft the next generation of model planning and zoning legislation for the U.S.

Pedestrian-and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth (PDF): Report written by Smart Growth Network, based on a manual prepared for Florida DOT, and published by American Planning Association.

The Returning City: Historic Preservation and Transit in the Age of Civic Revival: Article written by the National Trust for Historic Preservation about the link between transportation and historic preservation.

The Role of State DOTs in Support of Transit-Oriented Development (PDF): Final Report of Task 20 of NCHRP Project 25-25, as requested by the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment.