Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Why TOD?

Because it is broadly defined, any given TOD may or may not provide all of the benefits listed below. However, even on the smallest scale, TOD benefits those who live and work nearby by giving them multiple commute options. ​

​The following are examples of how TOD can bring value to the community: ​

Neighborhood revitalization (this could include incentivizing redevelopment in formerly blighted areas)
An increased supply of affordable housing (depending on the development)
Generates less traffic and pollution than conventional suburban development patterns
Reduced carbon emissions, and other environmental benefits associated with fewer cars on the road
Reduced transportation costs for some households – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after food and shelter, spending on cars is the second-largest household expenditure for U.S. households
Convenient placement of workplaces, housing, services, and amenities in one, easy-to-navigate location, so users can access services and shopping close to their home and/or place of work or school
Increasing value
An increase in property values and/or other economic benefits for surrounding landowners and businesses
Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists through the creation of better pedestrian/bicyclist infrastructure
Better “placemaking” - encouraging the development of unique neighborhood character and pedestrian/bicycle-friendly amenities
Opportunities for public/private partnerships and stakeholder engagement
Increased transit ridership and fare revenue, reducing the need for taxpayer subsidies