Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) at a Corridor Scale

The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) at a Corridor Scale Course introduces the concept of TOD and the potential benefits it can bring to a city. Developed in partnership with the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and the World Bank, the course uses international examples to present the implementation cycle of a TOD project - illustrating actors, sectors, institutions and regulations that must be coordinated for a project to move forward and drawing from lessons learned and common barriers to implementation.

Each of the eight modules focuses on a specific topic area to introduce participants, particularly people without an urban or land-use planning background, to compact development that prioritizes public transit and active transport over personal vehicle ownership. These modules define and discuss topics such as design concepts, institutional support, financing frameworks, delivery mechanisms, affordable housing, inclusive TOD, and monitoring and evaluation practices.   

In adopting the lessons of the course, decision makers can avoid the common short-sighted approach to sprawl, rapid motorization, and wasteful energy consumption and use transit-oriented development strategies to overcome such challenges. After completing the course, viewers will have a high-level understanding of the complex and comprehensive approach of TOD.

For more information, please write to Robin King at Robin.King@wri.org or Gerald Ollivier (Transport Cluster Lead, World Bank) at gollivier@worldbank.org.

For more information on TOD, you can visit World Bank's TOD Community of Practice.

Course Modules

 

MODULE 1: TOD AS A STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE A SUSTAINABLE CITY 
This module explores the concept of TOD as a strategy for cities to become more sustainable, competitive, and socially inclusive.

 

MODULE 2: TOD CORRIDORS
This module provides a definition of TOD as a corridor, a summary of three categories of TOD corridors, review the economic, social, and environmental objectives cities can achieve, and provide examples of successful implementation.

MODULE 3: THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR TOD
This module will present the elements, concepts, and vocabulary that are required to look at the TOD Corridor projects as interdisciplinary strategies. 

 

MODULE 4: DESIGN COMPONENTS OF TOD
This module will introduce urban design concepts that are central for successful TOD project implementation. 

 

MODULE 5: INVESTING IN TOD 
This module outlines the elements of a business model for sustainable investments in TOD, identifying elements that need to come together for a corridor TOD investment. 

 

MODULE 6: SEQUENCING FOR IMPLEMENTATION
This module outlines the series and order of steps necessary to undertake the planning and implementaion of a TOD corridor project.

 

MODULE 7: INCLUSIVE TOD: AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND JOB CREATION
This module addresses two broad areas of concern when planning for and implementing inclusive TOD: provision of affordable housing and local economic development.

 

MODULE 8: MONITORING AND EVALUATING TOD PROJECTS
This module provides an overview of the strategies used for monitoring and evaluating TOD projects, outlining the elements and appliction of M&E systems as applied to TOD corridor projects. 
 

 

Additional Documents

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

COMPANION RESOURCE

LIFECYCLE OF A TOD PROJECT

SCALES OF A TOD PROJECT

SUPPLEMENTARY EXERCISE

 

 

 

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