Guidelines for Transit-Sensitive Suburban Land Use Design

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Date: July 1991

Authors: Edward Beimborn and Harvey Rabinowitz, with Peter Gugliotta, Charles Mrotek, and Shuming Yan

Availability: Available from the U. S. Department of Transportation, Office of Technical Assistance and Safety, 400 Seventh Street S.W., Washington, DC 20590, report no. DOT-T-91-13. and from the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee Center for U rban Transportation Studies, P. O. Box 784, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784, (414) 229-5787.

Related articles: Articles based on the report appear in TRB Record 1349 "A Transit Based Approach to Land Use Design" and in TRB Record 1297 "Transit Sensitive Land Use Design: Results of a Competition"


This report provides guidelines for the planning and design of land use patterns that are sensitive to the needs of public transit. These guidelines are meant to create an efficient environment for future growth in suburban areas. The guidelines have be en prepared from a market-based point of view. Design elements are proposed that directly address the success of development activities and transit services. The report discusses requirements for successful transit and provides design guidelines for lan d use, access systems and transit service types through a range of scales.

Transit-sensitive land use design can be developed through the designation of Transit Corridor Districts (TCDs) which would separate transit- and auto-oriented land uses. Such areas would have a mix of land uses with higher densities located near a trans it route. A high quality access system for pedestrians and bicyclists should be provided to permit easy connections between buildings and transit vehicles. Guidelines are developed for the overall administrative and policy issues, systems planning consi derations and specific designs of individual districts where transit service is provided. Steps to implement the guidelines are also included.

A prototype Transit Corridor District, based on the guidelines, is presented in the final section of this report. The proposed TCD illustrates how the guidelines can be applied at a specific location.

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