Greater City Providence

Streetfilms MBA: Transit Oriented Development

Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy.

For the first chapter in our Moving Beyond the Automobile series we’ll take a look at Transit-Oriented Development, more commonly known by its “TOD” acronym in transportation industry circles. TOD is a high-density, mixed-use residential area with access to ample amounts of transportation. There are usually many transportation nodes within its core and contains a walkable and bike-able environment.

We decided to take a look across the Hudson River at New Jersey’s east coast where over the last two decades the amount of development has been booming. Transportation options are as diverse as you can get: the Hudson-Bergen light-rail, multiple ferry lines, PATH station, NJ Transit commuter trains, and buses are all plentiful, while in some areas car ownership is as low as 40% to 45%.

(Note: This series is made possible by funding from The Oram Foundation’s Fund for The Environment & Urban Life.)

Greater City Providence

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  • Change the zoning, eliminate parking minimums, and build a light-rail line = $5 billion of residential development in less than 20 years or 10,000+ new residential units along the Hudson-Bergen line, plus massive office development.

    The high-rise development shown in the images of the Jersey City waterfront didn’t exist 25 years ago! The area was primarily contaminated rail yards and warehouse buildings.

    With the addition of a Core Connector streetcar what might Providence look like in 10 or 15 years?

  • Its not called the NJ East Coast , but its called the NJ Gold Coast… should see what were doing in Rahway , Harrison , Hackensack , Teterboro , and New Brunswick…

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