The Surgeon General issued a call-to-action in September 2015 — only the sixth in the last 10 years — that highlighted how walkable, transit-connected communities can help combat chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. Communities of all sizes that make walkability a priority give people the ability to easily and safely incorporate walking into their daily routines; getting them to work, running errands, and accessing health care. Growing near transit benefits everyone.
Transit oriented development reflects back to town planning before the car – a city form that is less car centered, with priority on places that attract people of all ages, incomes, and abilities because it can simplify daily life, save time and money. Most importantly, transit oriented places provide options so people can choose where to live, work, play, and gather.
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CUSTOMERS ARE PRIORITY #1
- 80-90% of the workforce commuting from the Northwest service area commutes daily into Austin and nearby cities.
- Low income residents near quality transit have access to 25-50% more jobs.
- The enhancement of transit patron experience emanates from great connections, conveniences, and services.
- Adults who walk, bike, and take transit have obesity rates three times lower than those who typically drive.
DRIVING INTO THE FUTURE
- Cities in our service area have a demonstrated willingness to partner for leveraging investment over the long term.
- Bike and pedestrian connections are either planned or in place to enhance travel options and connect adjacent properties to transit hubs.
- TOD capitalizes on existing stations by connecting people to regional employment and activity centers.
- Residents of the most walkable areas of the country drive 26% fewer miles per day than those living in the most sprawling areas.
- Living near reliable transit saves people up to $10,000 a year on transportation costs.
- Using form-based code, flexibility and diversity of uses are encouraged. Neighborhoods with a variety of housing types offer choices to different ages, needs, and tastes.
- Location efficiency is key to realizing true housing affordability. The average household spends 18% of their annual budget on transportation. Providing travel options beyond driving for commuting and errands can reduce this to one half (9%).
TRANSIT KEEPS AUSTIN PROGRESSING
- TOD allows communities to grow - building the tax base without increasing congestion.
- Development at Rail Stations and Park & Rides directly impacts the community by being well-designed, walkable, and transit-centered.
- Residential property value near rapid transit out performs others by 40%.
- Intermodal links to transit help build strong neighborhoods.
- Retail businesses in transit and pedestrian friendly areas enjoy sales as much as 88% higher than those located elsewhere.
- Austin MSA has a population of 2 million, ranked 16th largest GDP per capita in the US
GOOD PLANNING & FISCAL STEWARDSHIP
- A fair market return is expected on properties and improvements owned by Capital Metro.
- The availability of freight and commuter rail service to the work force, as well as affordable land prices, are enticements for development at transit hubs.
- The creation of employment hubs within a network of places makes travel more efficient and consumes less land.
- Communities best served by transit produce 78% fewer transportation emissions.
- Businesses can better retain employees by providing access to walkable urban environments, which has been noted as a key attractor for knowledge-talent.
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