Transit Oriented Development Living
There are now over seven billion people on this planet. That is a lot of people who need to get around. It’s obvious that not every one of them can have their own mode of transportation. Not only would traffic be a constant stand-still, but the amount of exhaust and smog would strangle our planet.
However, urban planners have begun to utilize a new model of development to help alleviate private transportation. It is known as transit-oriented development.
Transit-Oriented Development is a pretty simple concept. It is a residential or commercial area designed with the intent of emphasizing the use of public transportation and providing easier access to public transportation.
Many cities around the world are starting to consider using this model of development when planning. The San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Hong Kong have implemented the model. The city of Melbourne, Australia have begun a large project called “Melbourne 2030” for massive transit-oriented development.
Regardless of city, the communities that follow a transit oriented development plan have similar characteristics. With the emphasis on public transportation, these areas tend to have clean and well maintained bus and train stations.
The use of bicycles is clearly encouraged in these developments and pedestrian crosswalks are kept well maintained. Because of all the emphasis on public transportation, transit-oriented development also discourages private transportation with the use of narrow streets and keeping parking lots to a minimum.
Developers have noticed the benefits of a transit-oriented model on a community, especially those that come from low or mid-income housing.
The use of public transportation will call for people to operate and maintain such transportation, creating jobs that are so needed in this economic climate. Public transportation in these areas can also provide employees with quick and cheap links to their jobs.
The money saved from transportation costs can be utilized for other necessities that low-income people may have to skim on occasion.
The world’s population is growing, which means less room for people. As such, public transportation is becoming more and more encouraged and private transportation, while it may seem a benefit, may be a detriment in the long run.
Thankfully, urban planners are beginning to use the transit-oriented development model in order to meet the demand for public transportation.
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