Winter 2013 The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Newsletter
for Southern New York and Western Connecticut.
       


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Using TOD to Transform Long Island's Housing Stock to meet 21st Century Demands

by Jan Wells, Associate Director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to MTA

MTA-LIRR photoLong Island, once the paragon of the American Dream - homeownership, quality education and a well-paying job - is now struggling to maintain that prestige. Powerful demographic, economic, and governance forces have reduced the once robust Long Island housing market of the 1950s and 1960s to a trickle. The baby boom birth cohort (1946-1964) is aging, shedding their McMansions and seeking more manageable dwellings; the once job-rich aircraft and defense industry is now gone; and the myriad layers of governmental entities (counties, towns, cities, incorporated villages, and hundreds of special districts and authorities) not only make development approvals complicated, they have (along with education costs) driven taxes well above the rate of inflation over the last decade.

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In this Issue

Welcome to the second issue of the TOD LineTM. The newsletter begins with a look at the critical role that TOD is playing on Long Island to aid communities there to meet the Island's significant need for multi-family housing. TOD will be a major factor in the success of Long Island's housing future if local leaders continue to champion its use and there is a regional commitment to fund infrastructure improvements that are supportive of growth in transit- centered locations. The issue then provides updates on two projects where public transit serves as a central element of their success: the mixed-use Hudson Park project in Yonkers, NY, and the new Barclays Center Arena in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The remainder of the newsletter looks at tools and resources that will assist communities in their efforts to promote, establish and support TOD, including a discussion about the Tri-State Transportation Campaign's Transit-Centered Development Grant program and an interview with Bob Paley, Director of Transit-Oriented Development for the MTA.

TOD Developments


Hudson Park, Yonkers, NY

Hudson ParkThe City of Yonkers struggled for years to jump-start its downtown and adjacent industrial waterfront on the Hudson River, an area that is served by four commuter train stations less than a half hour trip from Mid-Town Manhattan. This effort included a number of amendments to its waterfront urban renewal plan during the past two decades along with other activities. However, with the establishment of a public/private partnership, the private market began to respond in the early part of this decade.

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Barclays Center on the Right Track
by Kevin Dwarka, Ph.D.

Barclays CenterFear about traffic impacts has been one of the most contentious issues surrounding the Barclays Center, the 18,000 seat sports and entertainment facility that opened at the end of September 2012 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. During the arena's planning and construction phase, community residents voiced concern that the project, even without the much broader and longer-term redevelopment plan for the Atlantic Yards area, would unleash a traffic nightmare on the surrounding local street network. The project's developer Forest City Ratner, in concert with Sam Schwartz Engineering, responded by crafting a transportation demand management (TDM) program aimed at minimizing the number of auto trips generated by the project.

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Daylighted Saw Mill River with Yonkers Station and Hudson Park in the background (source: Frogma Blog)
Daylighted Saw Mill River with Yonkers Station and Hudson Park in the background
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TOD Resources

New Rochelle's Sustainability Plan: GreeNR Supporting TOD

New Rochelle Sustainabilty Plan coverHome to over 77,000 residents, New Rochelle is nestled along the northwest coast of Long Island Sound. The City is transected by Metro North Railroad's New Haven Line, on which Amtrak also operates. At the heart of its downtown lies the multi-modal New Rochelle Transit Center, the busiest New Haven Line station in Westchester County with over 4,000 riders daily.

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Tools for Getting TOD Done

Transit-Centered Development Grants - Moving TOD Forward
by Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Towns, villages, and cities throughout New York and Connecticut are brimming with ideas to create thriving communities around bus and rail stations. One impediment to bringing these ideas to fruition is funding, which is why Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC), with the support of the One Region Funders Group, created a transit-centered development (TCD) grant program in 2009. In the absence of a state sponsored transit-oriented development grant program, municipalities actively have been seeking funds that allow them to move their TOD plans forward. In its second cycle of grant giving this past May, TSTC awarded $145,000 in grants to four municipalities eager to advance affordable housing, walkable communities, and neighborhood revitalization around one of their greatest assets: transit.

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Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods - A Tool for Facilitating Sustainable Development near Transit

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system is a voluntary program that provides substantial guidance for developers who wish to develop projects in smart locations that are designed to create connected neighborhoods constituted by green buildings and infrastructure. The LEED-ND rating system, jointly developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), expands the definition of "green building" to include projects at a neighborhood or district scale, with greater consideration for project location.

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Supporting TOD with Complete Streets
by Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

For transit-oriented development to work as planned its residents need to be able to get to where they need to go without a car. That means having a safe and pleasant walking environment along with biking linkages between where they live, where they catch a train or bus, and where they shop and use other services. These are the results sought in "Complete Streets" policies, and local advocates can realistically seek their achievement.

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Calendar

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12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Building Safe, Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Communities, February 7-9, 2013, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO. The conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Midwest and the rest of the nation. TOD panels include: Building Capacity for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development in Diverse Communities and How Local Governments Can Support Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development. For more information, please visit http://www.newpartners.org/

 
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High Speed Rail Summit
Sponsored by the US High Speed Rail Association, February 11-13, 2013, Washington, DC. Catch up on the latest trends in real estate development at rail stations and hear from the leaders in the industry. Successful developers will present projects and concepts.  Industry executives, designers, and leading thinkers in TOD will be part of this event. For more information, please visit http://www.ushsr.com/conferenceregistration.html

 
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NYSTEA 2nd Annual Transportation Equity Conference
Sponsored by New York State Transportation Equity Alliance, March 4-5, 2013, Albany, NY. NYSTEA works to ensure that transportation policy at the state and federal level takes into account the mobility needs of various constituencies such as seniors, children, low income individuals, the disabled community, and people of color. For more information, please visit http://www.empirestatefuture.org/geography/state/register-for-the-2nd-annual-nystea-conference/

 
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Sixth Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Convention
March 5-7, 2013, Washington, D.C. The Regional Plan Association is co-hosting the convention, which will bring together the leading transportation and infrastructure officials from the Obama administration, Congress and state legislatures, providing an opportunity to interact with those who have a direct influence on future policy decisions. The purpose of the convention is to educate policy makers concerning current transportation issues at the local, state and national levels. For more information, contact Trudy Hester at 214-750-0123 or thester@dean.net.

 
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Regional Plan Association's Assembly
April 19, 2013, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, NY. Each spring, the Regional Assembly brings together close to 1,000 civic and business leaders from around the U.S. to discuss major issues affecting the prosperity and quality of life in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. Sessions and panel discussions provide an opportunity for participants to debate approaches to economic development, transportation, housing, land use and the environment. More details about the 2013 event will be announced soon. For more information, please visit www.regionalassembly.org.

 
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CNU 21: Living Community Conference
Sponsored by Congress for the New Urbanism, May 29-June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT. One of the conference's tracks will focus on transportation. Living cities require a balanced transportation system that serves all users by providing accommodation and choice. The multi-dimensional focus of this track at CNU 21 will allow for thinking outside the box and avoid traditional stereotyping of modes, while addressing current problems and barriers to creating truly successful multi-modal systems. For more information, please visit http://www.cnu21.org/

 

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