Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

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. TOD promotes accessibility by creating a pedestrian-oriented environment and higher density, mixed-use developments near a bus or rail line. Close proximity of a range of land uses – including residential, business, commercial, and recreational – encourages the use of public transit by integrating the transit system with other community activities. The implementation of TOD at bus and rail stations is gaining momentum around the country, in cities such as San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake, and Dallas. Planning transit corridors and encouraging development along bus and rail lines must go hand in hand to ensure a successful transit system and to guide effective development. The Triangle area continues to grow, and its citizens and leaders are looking for ways to relieve traffic congestion, improve air quality, preserve open space, revitalize city centers, and enhance the overall quality of life. Practices such as transit-oriented development will be a critical part of addressing the challenges associated with growth.



Local Transit-Oriented Development


Research Triangle Park Master Plan and Transit-Oriented Development (2012)


In November 2012 Research Triangle Park released a new Master Plan in response to global economic demand for vibrant, mixed use communities with transit-oriented development.  In order for the Triangle to stay competitive, to both keep existing businesses and attract new ones, our major job center must move into the land use future.  RTP leadership believes that fixed, regional rail is a critical component to this future.


Raleigh Warehouse District and Transit-Oriented Development (2012)


Raleigh’s warehouse district is quickly developing into a vibrant neighborhood, with development featuring the new Union Station and Citrix moving into the neighborhood.  Raleigh’s Union Station is scheduled to open in 2017.

The proposed Wake County Transit Plan aligns commuter rail with Raleigh’s Union Station and has a complimenting light rail station and bus service directing commuters to the area.  Not only will the Warehouse district service business commuters, it also houses major restaurants, museums, retail and Raleigh’s local fashion leaders.

Read more here:

NC DOT advances plan for new Raleigh Amtrack station, News & Observer, November 10, 2012

Raleigh’s station, on track, News & Observer, September 21, 2012

Raleigh’s Union Station picks up steam, by Bruce Sliceloff, News & Observer, September 20, 2012

Jobs, energy with capital’s new gateway, by Steve Ford, News & Observer, August 5, 2012

Citrix’ move downtown could transform Raleigh’s warehouse district, News & Observer, July 31, 2012

Capital hub, News & Observer, April 27, 2010


Center for Transit-oriented Development


The Center for Transit-Oriented Development is a national nonprofit effort dedicated to providing best practices, research and tools to support market-based transit-oriented development. Emerging Issues: Transit in the Triangle TOD presentation Paul Morris, President of Greenleaf Strategies LLC, gave a presentation on TOD during the Institute for Emerging Issue’s ‘Transit in the Triangle’ event. Click here to view the presentation. To read more about transit-oreinted development, go to the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.