Emerging Futures in Transit Oriented Development: Success factors and institutional issues for major transit oriented projects

Chris Hale (2011). Emerging Futures in Transit Oriented Development: Success factors and institutional issues for major transit oriented projects PhD Thesis, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Chris Hale
Thesis Title Emerging Futures in Transit Oriented Development: Success factors and institutional issues for major transit oriented projects
School, Centre or Institute School of Civil Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Total pages 277
Total colour pages 277
Subjects 09 Engineering
Abstract/Summary TOD has emerged in recent years as a response to urban issues such as sprawl, housing needs and traffic congestion. It incorporates elements of transport strategy, urban planning and real estate development, as well as urban design. TOD is a land-use/transport undertaking that seeks to deliver greater connections between public transport infrastructure, transit service levels and the built environment. While there are many goals and benefits associated with TOD, the primary motivator for governments and transit agencies pursuing this approach is generally a desire to build public transport patronage and mode share, and more efficient and sustainable transport outcomes overall. Other stakeholders have their own interests – with developers attracted to a “new” form of project that meets market needs, and designers seeking to work in “enlightened, people-focused projects”. The research process initially started with industry and stakeholder interviews in Brisbane, Australia. These interviews were used to select and refine the units of analysis that were to be operationalised in the assessment of new TOD projects and initiatives – and these were developed into a draft evaluation framework for TOD projects. Application of the draft TOD evaluation framework to four real-world TOD projects in Australia, USA and Germany allowed for further refinement and development of the evaluation framework itself. The results of the case study investigations then become available for interpretation around a focus on effective management, planning, design and sustainable transport for future TOD initiatives. Interpretation of the case study outputs, with respect to the original research objectives based around success factors in planning and design suggests several primary focus points for new TOD planning and project initiatives, the first of which (mode share) has so far received relatively limited attention in other research work. These success factors revolve around the central roles of ambitious mode share targets for sustainable transit, backed with appropriate and nuanced treatments of development density. A whole range of subsidiary success factors seem to follow from the prioritisation of these two core issues. The researcher’s recommendation is to focus attention on these leading success factors and to establish project structures in such a manner that they can be effectively treated, because there seem to be a range of potential benefits that can flow if they are prioritised in new TOD planning, design and development exercises. In addition, it was found that project-specific organisational structures and arrangements are required to deliver effective TOD – and that it appears difficult to deliver high-quality outcomes entirely from within the established resources, outlook and capabilities of current stakeholders.
Keyword transit oriented development
evaluation framework
strategic TOD planning

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