Transit Oriented Communities Overview and Design Guidelines

Creating communities that are more “transit-oriented” is one of the key goals of most land use and transportation plans in Metro Vancouver and other communities around British Columbia. Transit-oriented communities are not only more livable, sustainable, resilient and economically thriving, they also support higher levels of walking, cycling and transit and result in lower levels of automobile use and greenhouse gas emissions.

In response to requests from local government partners, TransLink has prepared a Transit-oriented Communities primer to highlight the key attributes of community design that most strongly influence travel behaviour. This is not an official policy document but is rather an effort to share current thinking on how community design can best support walking, cycling, and transit.
This primer is also summarized on an informative website about transit-oriented development and the six 'D's Destinations, Distance, Design, Density, Diversity, Demand Management:
In addition, TransLink has produced Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines. The Guidelines are a tool and a resource to aid in the development of transit-oriented land use plans, projects, streetscapes, and transportation network designs, with a focus on those attributes of community design that most strongly influence travel behaviour. Though non-prescriptive in nature, the Guidelines aim to offer advice and suggestions for consideration in the design of both new and retrofitted communities


Author: Trans Link
Jul, 2012
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