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Transit-Oriented Development Creating housing, services and jobs near transit.

What would our TOD program look like?

METRO CONNECTS proposes that Metro take an active role with our partners in building and promoting more compact development near frequent transit service, giving residents more travel options even as the region grows, increasing affordable housing, and boosting ridership.

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a private or public/private real estate development of a mixed-use community or neighborhood within walking distance to a transit center. Typical TOD features include: • High-density development within a convenient 10-minute walk to a transit stop or station. • Mixed-use development that includes schools, shopping, and various housing types, including affordable housing. • Street amenities related to safe travel and access for walking and biking. • Street grid, connectivity and traffic calming features to maintain safe vehicle speeds. • Parking management to optimize the land devoted to parking and increase efficiency of use.

from our customers

“The more that is put into strengthening transit, the more it benefits the community as a whole—users of transit and otherwise.“

• Thoughtfully integrated street trees and lighting. Generally, TOD includes multi-story residential uses, often with mixed commercial and office space. Compact density justifies frequent transit service, which in turn enhances opportunities and market demand for additional similar development, stimulating an active streetscape and commercial activity with a quality pedestrian scale.

The South Kirkland Park-and-Ride The South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, completed in 2014, is King County’s eighth TOD project. It includes: • A new transit center • A garage with 530 parking stalls and a surface lot with 323 stalls • 184 market-rate and 58 affordable housing units with easy access to transit in an opportunity-rich location. Twelve units are for homeless families. The project received Built Green 4 Star, Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, and King County Sustainable Infrastructure Score Card certifications.

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Profile for King County Metro Transit

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.