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Transit Oriented Development

Metro Transit TOD is a one-stop shop for developers and urban planning professionals interested in pursuing or advancing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the Twin Cities.

The Metro Transit TOD Office is a branch of the Metropolitan Council and was founded in coordination with the region’s TOD Policy. As part of this policy, the TOD Office works to advance the following goals in all of our work:

1. Maximize the development impact of transit investments by integrating transportation, jobs and housing.

2. Support regional economic competitiveness by leveraging private investment.

3. Advance equity by improving multimodal access to opportunity for all.

4. Support a 21st century transportation system through increased ridership and revenues.

Questions? Please contact the TOD Office.

How can the TOD Office help you?

The TOD Office offers expertise, resources and connections to the Twin Cities and national TOD network.

We strive to be a resource for any TOD-related question or project, large or small, and will connect you to the right property owner, funding opportunities or organization to get you what you need. Additionally, the TOD Office is also equipped to help with:

> Information on Joint Development opportunities

> Technical and policy information about existing and planned transit projects

> Coordination within Metro Transit and the Metropolitan Council, as well as with external partners

> Development pursuits on land owned by the Metropolitan Council

> Questions about and Joint Development opportunities along the METRO Blue Line Extension and METRO Green Line Extension projects

Resources for TOD planning professionals

If you are a local planner seeking assistance with integrating TOD into your comprehensive plan; understanding the roles of the various levels of government involved in planning and implementing TOD; or in search of local case studies, initiatives and lessons learned; take a look at the Metropolitan Council TOD Guide and related resources.

BRTOD - State of the Practice in the United States

In Summer 2018, the Metro Transit TOD Office looked at the state of practice of TOD in the United States as it relates specifically to Bus Rapid Transit. BRT has long been understood to deliver comparable travel benefits to rail transit for smaller ridership corridors, but not much is known about its ability to deliver comparable development benefits. With the rising popularity of BRT projects, both here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and across the country, this report examines BRT's ability to leverage TOD. 

> Access the full BRTOD report

The TOD Evaluation Method - 2018 HHH Capstone

During the spring semester of 2018, a group of Master of Urban and Regional Planning students from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs completed a capstone project on behalf of the TOD Office looking at methods to evaluate TOD at the station area and corridor scales. The students propose a new TOD Scoring Tool and corresponding methodology that gives station areas a score of 1-100 based on various attributes determined to be important for good TOD characteristics. The project received the APA MN 2018 Outstanding Student Project award at the APA Minnesota Chapter's State Conference in September. 

> Access the full Capstone report


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What is TOD?

TOD is walkable urban development supported by high quality, frequent transit service. TOD includes a mix of housing, retail, employment, retail, and recreational choices, allowing people to live and work in vibrant places with less dependence on a personal car.

TOD plays a vital role in maximizing the impact of transit investments, increasing regional competitiveness, and advancing equity and health.

Green Line light rail train A Line bus at 46th Street Station

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