Transit-oriented development (TOD) is the practice of locating mixed-use, high-density development around transit hubs, including bus and rail stations. TOD is based on the idea that accessibility to transit and compact land development can improve the viability of public transit while also improving livability in the surrounding community. Close proximity of a range of land uses – including residential, business, commercial, and recreational – improves walkability and encourages the use of public transit by integrating the transit system with other community activities.
Local Transit-Oriented Development
Research Triangle Park: Park Center Redevelopment
In October 2015, Research Triangle Park released their plans for the Park Center Redevelopment project. The goal is to create a hybrid urban/suburban space that includes housing, retail, business and green space in a way that promotes density and community. This means “form[ing] a meaningful balance of open space and buildings, facilitat[ing] pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and foster[ing] the robust contrast needed for real innovation” (RTP Guiding principles). It is expected that transit lines from multiple counties will play an integral role in the Park Center design.
Raleigh Warehouse District and Transit-Oriented Development (2015)
Raleigh’s vibrant warehouse district already includes tech corporations, art galleries, and locally-owned restaurants & breweries. In May 2015, Raleigh broke ground on the new Union Station at 510 West Martin St, in the former Dillion Supply Warehouse, further stimulating the area’s potential for TOD. Then in September, the City Council approved a major development project that includes two new mixed-use towers on that same block, offering an estimated 210,000 square feet of office space and 260 apartment units. If rail service is included in the new Wake County Transit Plan, it will likely tie in with Union Station as well.