Livability Case Studies and Outreach

Case Studies

In order to more effectively understand what Livability and Sustainability means at FTA we have provided a few case studies. These are to act as a resource for those looking to bring "livability" to their localities. Livability can take many different forms and can positively impact people in all areas. We hope that some of these case studies can inspire innovation and motivate communities to work for a livable and sustainable community.

Regional Case Studies

Region I

Source: Fairmount/Indigo CDC Collaborative

Fairmount/Indigo Line, Boston, MA (PDF)

Region II

Source: NJIT

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NJ (PDF)

Region V

Source: Metropolitan Council

Central Corridor Light Rail, St. Paul, MN (PDF)

Region VI

Source: FTA

Streetcar Expansion, New Orleans, LA (PDF)

Region VII

Source: KCATA

Troost MAX BRT Kansas City, MO (PDF)

Region VIII

Source: Denver Housing Authority

South Lincoln Redevelopment, Denver, CO (PDF)

Region IX

Source: LA Metro

Wilshire/Vermont, Los Angeles, CA (PDF)

Region X

Source: King County DOT

Village at Overlake Station, Redmond, WA (PDF)

Rural and Small-Town Case Studies

Region 1

Source: Downeast Transportation

Downeast Transportation, ME (PDF)

Region VI

Source: Pelivan Transit

Pelivan Transit, OK (PDF)

Region X

Source: Mason Transit

Mason Transit, WA (PDF)

Below are additional livability case studies.


Training Planning Capacity Building (TPCB): Jointly administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Highway Administration (FHWA), with assistance from the U.S. DOT's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, TPCB products and services provide information, training, and technical assistance to the transportation professionals responsible for planning for the capital, operating, and maintenance needs of transportation systems in urban and rural communities. The TPCB web-site includes extensive resources related to transportation and development of livable communities.

More Coming Soon!

Do you know of a great example of a livable and sustainable community? If so, send an email to Crystal Frederick, at and we may be able to add your project to our case study list!