Planning for Transit-​Oriented Development

PAS QuickNotes 21

By John Thomas, Stephanie Bertaina


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This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a primer on the key characteristics and benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD).


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Aug. 1, 2009
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About the Authors

John Thomas
John Thomas is the Policy Director for EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. He works on sustainable transportation and land use planning issues at the Federal level and provides technical assistance to state and local governments. John is a contributor to several Federal initiatives working to advance sustainability, including the Federal Community Solutions Council. John is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University.

Stephanie Bertaina
Stephanie Bertaina is a Senior Policy Analyst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Community Revitalization, where she works with rural communities and small towns to build vibrant, healthy, sustainable neighborhoods and downtowns. Stephanie manages the Healthy Places for Healthy People program, which helps community leaders partner with health care facilities to create walkable, healthy, and economically vibrant places that improve people’s health and well-being. Stephanie has also managed Local Foods, Local Places, a multi-federal agency initiative that has helped nearly 100 cities and towns leverage the power of local food to support local economies and thriving downtowns.