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Street-railroads -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Local transit -- Oregon -- Portland Region, Transit-oriented development

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41 pages


The Portland metropolitan region has planned and implemented transit-oriented developments (T.O.D.) along light rail alignments and traditional transit corridors based on the assumption that promoting mixed-use, high density residential development close to transit will reduce vehicle trips, lessen congestion, and reduce air pollution. Oregon has state and local transportation policies that rely on alternative modes of travel to help reduce vehicle trips, yet there is little documentation on how effective T.O.D.s are at actually reducing vehicle trips and total vehicle miles traveled. This report attempts to calculate how successful Transit Oriented Developments in the Portland Metropolitan Region are at increasing transit use and pedestrian travel, and reducing the number of vehicle trips. It is intended to be a pilot study and a methodical guide for a future study.


A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

Catalog Number SR034.

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