Transportation Research Board
Committee on Public Transportation Planning and Development - AP025
COORDINATION OF TRANSIT, REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
Transit at the Table
In order for transit to play a meaningful role in creating sustainable transportation systems, transit agencies have to become more meaningful and pro-active partners in the Federal transportation planning and programming process. The FTA has sponsored a series of publications, called "Transit at the Table" that identifies ways for transit agencies to effectively participate in metropolitan and statewide transportation planning.
Transit at the Table I for larger metropolitan areas (more than 200,000 in population)
Transit at the Table II - for smaller metropolitan areas (populations between 50,000 and 200,000).
Transit at the Table
Trends Affecting Public Transit Effectiveness: A Review and Proposed Actions
This report, prepared for APTA, examines the impact of demographic and socio-economic trends, changes in land use and mobility patterns, societal changes and concerns, emerging professional practices, and other trends that will impact the future effectiveness of transit. It assesses challenges and opportunities, potential actions and key questions, and the Appendices provide a valuable summary of key concepts (e.g. smart growth, sustainable transportation, etc.), as well as a listing of a wide range of resources on the web for those who desire more information. One of the key findings was that many current planning practices are supportive of transit, but that transit agencies need to provide leadership to encourage transit-supportive development.
Basic Course material on Public Transportation
An on-line primer on public transit. Gives and overview of basic background information useful to understand how transit systems can be planned and developed. Topics include: understanding transit demand, transit benefits, new starts procedures, technology options, analysis procedures, operations planning, performance evaluation and route location. Material is presented in both power point and lecture format.
Center for Transit-Oriented
This site contains many resources and reports on Transit-Oriented Development includes guidebooks on best practices and impact studies.
Bus Transit Service in Land Development Planning
Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes: Chapter 15-Land Use and Site Design
Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes: Chapter 17-Transit-Oriented Development
The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities
TCRP Web Document 23: http://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/tcrp/tcrp_webdoc_23.pdf
NOTE: TCRP reports are available from TCRP-OnLine at:
Development Design Guidelines
One of the key findings from the conference is that transit agencies need to be more pro-active in articulating for developers and municipal planners the key requirements for transit-friendly development. A recent TCRP Synthesis found that only 28% of transit systems have developed Design Guidelines. Such Design guidelines should cover at the very least the following elements:
- Site planning and pedestrian orientation
- Traffic engineering (road geometry, turning radius, bus paths through development, turn-around loops/layover spots, etc.)
- Bus stop placement
- Bus stop design and amenities
- Pedestrian capture area: accessibility and walkability
The following documents provide various examples of Transit-Friendly Design Guidelines that are available from the web:
AC Transit: DESIGNING WITH TRANSIT: Making Transit Integral to East Bay Communities
Pace Development Guidelines:
BC Transit (provincial agency that oversees transit in
Vancouver-TransLink Transit Passenger Facility Design Guidelines:
http://www.translink.ca/~/media/Documents/bpotp/plans/transit_oriented_communities/TPFDG Print Version.ashx
Austin-Capital Metro Transit Ready Development Guide:
agency that oversees transit in
Infrastructure Design Guidelines