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


The Portland metropolitan region is growing rapidly, as are accompanying environmental impacts which threaten livability. An efficient linkage between transportation and land use planning through transit oriented development has been identified as an important tool for managing growth-related problems. Implementation of this linkage is difficult to achieve.

A transit oriented development (TOD) is a compact, mixed-use community within short walking distance of a transit stop. Significant investment has been made in local TODs, particularly within the Westside corridor station areas of the Portland Metro Area Express (MAX) light rail line. While some of these developments have been criticized for not meeting expectations, others have been deemed exemplary of proper station area planning practices.

Two Westside MAX TODs were studied in order to develop suggestions for how local jurisdictions might maximize their potential for encouraging and enabling TOD implementation. Interviews were conducted to supplement research of TOD planning materials and related literature. This document describes the perspectives of various stakeholders involved in the planning and development processes for each TOD, and offers explanations for the discrepancies between what was built and what was originally planned.

Recommendations for future TOD implementation are provided based on this analysis.


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