Transit Planning for Transit-Oriented Communities

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • How land-use planning shapes demand for transit services: the "6 Ds" of transit-oriented communities, land use and demographic metrics for determining transit propensity and trip demand
  • How transit service guidelines serve as a planning tool for transit agencies and how local jurisdiction can support and monitor demand for transit
  • How TransLink and Los Angeles County Metro is integrating land-use influences within service planning guidelines and processes

Across North America, transit agencies are trying to improve ridership and deliver transit service more cost effectively while local jurisdictions are trying to understand how they can better align their land-use decisions with improvements to transportation options in their community. Discover why transit agencies are moving in the direction of incorporating new inputs to service decisions and how this move relates to strategic, policy, and development planning.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, TransLink is in the process of updating their Transit Service Guidelines (TSG) with a major revision to incorporate land-use planning criteria, based on the "6 Ds" of transit-oriented communities: destinations, distance, design, density, diversity, and demand management. Leveraging key criteria identified through the award-winning "Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines," the TSGs will offer new guidance to help both urban planners and transit service planners understand the influence that different land-use patterns may have on service planning outcomes.

In Los Angeles, Metro is working with its modelling to try to move away from traditional trip generation modelling, which stratifies trips into a mode based on cost and travel time assumptions. Instead, their research attempts to provide more accurate estimations based on three demographic variables: auto availability, employment status and household income.

The TransLink project manager, along with consultants, will summarize the agency’s approach, detail the development of the guidelines so far, and lead a discussion alongside LA Metro about how these new approaches may be relevant in the context of different cities or regions.


Andrew Devlin , TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) , Vancouver , BC (see bio)
Tim Payne , Nelson\Nygaard Consulting , Seattle , WA (see bio)
Mary Riemer , Steer Davies Gleave , Los Angeles , CA
Kelly Blanton , Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority , Los Angeles , CA (see bio)