74. Develop TODs around existing infrastructure

So often with Transit Oriented Developments (TODs), municipalities stop short of fully embracing the opportunities because they don’t have light rail.  Taking a cue from the City of Bogota‘s TransMilenio BRT system, regional cities like Indianapolis are starting with buses to spur growth.

As South Bend has invested in a new pedestrian friendly street system, incorporating bus focused TOD’s can supplement the programming necessary to make the “Smart Streets” more successful.

ASLA TOD 1
A “Before” scenario that could easily fit on Portage or Western – Screen capture from ASLA’s “Designing for Active Living” video
ASLA TOD 2
The “After” concept that shows bus integration opportunities, including more robust bus shelters, bike share, curb bump-outs, and a distinct/protected bike route  – Screen capture from ASLA’s “Designing for Active Living” video

Planning around TODs shows how we can take corridors that South Bend has focused on (West Side Main Streets and William/Lafayette/Michigan/Main/St. Joseph streets downtown) and leverage their improvements to create a more integrated transit network that continues to emphasize pedestrians.

ASLA TOD 3
Linking these nodes helps create the coverage and connectivity necessary to ensure the system is most equitable and effective in its reach. – Screen capture from ASLA’s “Designing for Active Living” video

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