These neighborhoods are characterized by their compact design, higher density, and diversity of uses. They provide a range of transportation options that enable residents and workers to drive their cars less while walking, biking, and taking mass transit more often. DVRPC has developed a rating system that evaluates a number of physical, demographic, and economic characteristics in order to identify TOD opportunities throughout the region. These ratings are designed to provide public officials, planners, transit operators, developers, and citizens with resources that can help guide public and private investment at rail stations.
DVRPC used 12 individual attributes divided into two categories to evaluate the TOD readiness of station areas throughout the region. To create an easily understood rating system, each factor was rated on a scale of one to four (with four being most supportive of TOD). Composite scores for each category were generated by averaging the scores of individual attributes within each category.
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Senior Planning and Design Analyst
Office of Smart Growth