Reconnecting America, Enterprise and the National Housing Trust have released a collection of case studies, “examining what cities are doing to ensure that affordable housing isn’t lost as cities pursue transit-oriented development. Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Case Studies from Atlanta, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C. describes ways metropolitan areas are addressing preservation challenges and opportunities, and identifies the strategies and tools communities can use to preserve affordable housing in transit-rich neighborhoods.”
Author: Claire W.
This transit funding “cheat sheet” has bulleted descriptions and brief case studies for a variety of current and potential funding mechanisms for transit including sales taxes, gas taxes, vehicle fees and value capture.
The purpose of this study, conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, “is to identify and evaluate options for transportation funding in Minnesota during the next 20 years. As directed by the Minnesota Legislature, the study investigates the ability of existing sources of revenue to meet current and future transportation needs.”
This report by Environment America, “details the dramatic growth of public transportation in 2008, and the corresponding energy and environmental benefits. These details are viewed in light of fewer miles driven in most states last year. It also documents transit growth across the country continuing into this year, highlights future potential benefits and outlines ways to improve the state of public transportation.”
This joint report by T4America and the Transportation Equity Network is the first systematic analysis of the conundrum faced by communities and their transit systems: Historic ridership and levels of demand for service, coupled with the worst funding crisis in decades.
This Environmental Defense Fund report looks at potential transit funding mechanisms with a specific focus on California. For a variety of mechanisms, information is provided on how they could be implemented in California and how they are currently being used elsewhere.
This paper by Victor Dover, “discusses how features that make smart growth neighborhoods smart also make them desirable and command a premium from homebuyers.”
This study by Reconnecting America‘s Center for TOD explores how, “as TOD planning processes proliferate there is a broader understanding that mixed-income housing supports many TOD goals including stable transit ridership, better public health, broadened access to opportunities, and deeper affordability. This Mixed-Income TOD Action Guide was developed for the nonprofit Great Communities Collaborative (GCC), which is working in the San Francisco Bay Area to ensure TOD planning processes result in neighborhoods that include households of all income levels. The guide walks users through a three-step analysis to determine the most effective strategies and tools.”
This report, published by U.S. PIRG, explains why finding stable sources of transit funding should be a priority in the U.S. and provides descriptions of some potential funding sources.
This report by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations provides case studies and checklists of possible actions that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), rural transportation planning organizations (RPOs), state departments of transportation (DOTs), local government entities and other planning partners may take to enhance their partnership efforts. Case studies from Vermont, Washington and other states relate directly to how RPOs and MPOs are addressing integrated planning and livability efforts.