eTOD

 

WHAT IS ETOD? TUCSON'S EXPERIENCE APPLYING ETOD

 

WHAT IS EQUITABLE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT?

Equitable TOD, or eTOD, incorporates affordability and accessibility into all aspects of traditional Transit-Oriented Development. This approach builds vibrant, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods near transit stops and stations so that all people, regardless of income, race, age, or ability, have access to jobs, basic services, and amenities.

What is eTOD?

Walkability
Walkability

Pedestrian-friendly elements create vibrant and active spaces, which lead to health, environmental and economic benefits.

 

Mixed Use
Mixed Use

A mix of land uses within a building, block or neighborhood encourages fewer car trips and creates dynamic spaces.

 

Density
Density

Compact development connects people to jobs and commerce, and supports transit infrastructure.

 

Transit
Transit

Transit contributes to equitable development by expanding access to opportunities and providing convenient, reliable transportation services.

 

Affordability
Affordability

Equity-focused policy ensures affordable housing options near transit, low-cost transit fares and tenant protection.

 

TUCSON’S EXPERIENCE WITH TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

Tucson’s successful construction and operation of Sun Link, a 4-mile streetcar that began operating in July 2016, showcases the dynamic and impactful relationship between transportation and surrounding land uses, also known as Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). In just the past 3 years, almost 100 restaurants, bars, and cafes have opened along the 4-mile route.

However, as growth and investment in and around the streetcar continues, concerns are rising around the displace­ment of residents and businesses due to increased costs of living and real estate.

As the City looks to expand the reach of transit such as streetcar and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the best and most successful practices from our streetcar TOD will be built upon to ensure:

  • Preservation of the history, character, and cultures that make Tucson so unique and special
  • Protection against displacement of residents and businesses while creating ways to increase af­fordable options and wealth-building opportunities
  • Innovative partnerships, investments, and incentives so that new development is sustainable, resilient, and context-appropriate

APPLYING eTOD IN TUCSON:  NORTH-SOUTH BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT)

In June 2020 the City of Tucson was awarded a grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Program. The funding will go towards developing a strategic plan to guide future land use and real estate investments, infill development, and growth within the communities surrounding an important regional North-South transit corridor. The eTOD Stra­tegic Plan project area extends approximately ¾-1 mile on both sides of the approximately 15-mile corridor, which begins at Tohono Tadai Regional Transit Center and includes Oracle Road on the north side of downtown, South 6th Avenue on the south side, and ends at the Tucson International Airport. More information on the North-South BRT Project and a project map can be found here.

 


 
Ian Sansom
Project Manager, FTA Equitable Transit - Oriented Development Grant
(520) 262-9916