Transitioning to Transit-Oriented Development Gives Way To Equitable Planning

March 9, 2021
Christina Mendoza, Forward Pinellas

Have you ever been to a city where you can easily travel without an automobile? Where transitioning from walking, or perhaps biking, to transit is seamless, efficient, and enjoyable? Where a connected transportation network allows you to easily get to work, restaurants, retail and recreation? Thoughtful city design helps to create this environment, and at the heart of this design is often the incorporation of Transit-Oriented Development.

Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is a type of development that typically includes a mix of land use types, such as residential, commercial, and office uses, with pedestrian amenities and within a half-mile of public transportation. Around the world, TOD has developed into a planning, community development, design, and funding method that supports livable, walkable environments.

Within Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas is committed to working with our partners to encourage TOD by identifying the locations best suited for premium transit service. These priority investment corridors are designated as multimodal corridors on the Land Use Strategy Map featured in The Countywide Plan for Pinellas County, as well as the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan, known as Advantage Pinellas.

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