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Transit-oriented development, Transportation -- Planning, Street-railroads -- Economic aspects


It seems an article-of-faith that real estate markets respond more favorably to location within one-half mile of transit stations. Planning and public decision-makers have thus drawn half-mile (or smaller) circles around rail transit stations assuming larger planning areas would not be supported by the evidence. Recent research, however, has shown market-responsiveness well beyond one-half mile. We contribute to this literature by evaluating the distance-decay function of office rents in metropolitan Dallas and Denver with respect to light rail transit (LRT) station distance. Using a quadratic transformation of distance we find office rent premiums extending in the range of two miles away from LRT stations with half the premium dissipating at about two-thirds on one mile and three quarters dissipating at about one mile. We offer planning and policy implications including the need to expand LRT station planning areas, perhaps considerably.


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