Equitable Transit-Oriented Development


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Our Vision

We believe Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) is a policy, process and a development form that facilitates equitable development serving the needs of existing community residents and stakeholders, especially the most vulnerable. ETOD is centered on the people who live, work and create in communities of color and in low-income communities that are served by existing or planned high-capacity transit service, whether bus and/or rail. As our communities recover from the simultaneous racial justice, public health, housing and climate crises we currently face, ETOD can be an important strategy to create a healthy, climate resilient and equitable future for all while also generating economic value and providing more public services more cost effectively.

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Our Priorities

  • Take required proactive action to prevent displacement.
  • Elevate equity in federal TOD programs.
  • Adequately fund transit to  provide resources and flexibility to local communities to make investments that maintain continuation of service for essential riders, create affordable or free fares,  improve the safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.
  • Redefine and redesign transit safety strategies away from policing approaches.
  • Resource community-based organizations to actively guide community engagement in project planning.

2021 Equitable TOD Federal Priorities

  • Advance ETOD policies across federal agencies, specifically USDOT, HUD, EPA, EDA, and HHS.
    • Create and fund a new Office of Equitable Transit-Oriented Development at the US Department of Transportation.
    • Elevate equity in federal TOD programs: include policy language from Invest Act that created a new office of Transit Oriented Communities and strengthened explicit connections with housing and transit to address gentrification issues.
    • Adequately fund transit: restore the $10B transit cut and include operating assistance.
  • Broaden definition of ETOD to encompass housing, workforce development, economic development, access to parks, grocery stores and community-serving needs
  • Require that at least 10% of federal planning funds for infrastructure projects be directed towards community engagement activities, and make community based organizations authorized recipients of these funds.
  • Require racial, climate and health equity assessments be applied to major transportation and housing investments funded by the federal government.

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