light rail

Highway and LRT nodes have similar impacts on home values

By Bill Holloway Both highway exits and light rail transit stations appear to generate similar impacts on single-family home values. Using a spatial hedonic model to analyze single-family home values in Phoenix, Arizona, researchers found that proximity to a transport node (LRT station or highway

Can BRT drive TOD? Yes, with the right government support

By Mary Ebeling Conventional wisdom asserts that rail does a better job of spurring transit-oriented development than a bus rapid transit line, but until now no one has quantified the return on investment with a BRT line. A new study released by ITDP this week attempts to quantify the TOD

More Development for Your Transit Dollar: An Analysis of 21 North American Transit Corridors (ITDP, 2013)

Increasingly, cities in the US, finding themselves short of funds, are wondering whether BRT, a lower cost mass transit solution initially developed in Latin America and a relatively new form of mass transit in the US, could also be used here to leverage transit-oriented development investments.

Light rail debate could put an end to the Columbia River bridge project

By Chris Spahr Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has taken the position that the new Columbia River Crossing bridge project will die if Washington State attempts to remove light rail from the project. “Governor Kitzhaber has been clear from the start: No light rail. No project. No kidding,” said

Light rail systems can raise nearby property values before completion even in low density areas

By Bill Holloway A new study in the Journal of Transport and Land Use documents changes in residential property values for homes located within one mile of Charlotte, North Carolina’s, new light rail line – formerly a freight rail facility. The study analyzed home values over a period of 11

The bus stigma: Why it exists, and should we care?

By Robbie Webber An article by Amanda Hess in Atlantic Cities asks why riding the bus is stigmatized in the United States. She delves into the history of U.S. transit and transportation policy and funding, which that has contributed to the view of buses as the least desirable way to travel and

Impacts of light rail on property values vary by distance and income level

A new study on the economic effects of New Jersey’s River Line light rail system has shed some light on the complex relationship between transportation infrastructure and the housing market. Previous research in Portland, Santa Clara, and San Diego has shown that there is a general increase in