TOD update

Capital Metro’s Manager of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Lucy Galbraith gave a really interesting presentation this month to the board’s Rail Committee meeting on June 14. It contained a good overview of what TOD is all about. It also included updates for development plans and progress at four stations: Leander, Crestview, MLK Jr., and Plaza Saltillo. Check out her presentation below.

Capital Metro applied for a Livability Grant from the Federal Transit Administration to support TOD at Leander Station, and we should learn any day now how our grant application fared. We asked for $10.9 million to replace the surface parking with a parking garage and to build the streets and infrastructure needed to support TOD.

4 thoughts on “TOD update

  1. Ironic that you used the Triangle as a picture of urbanism. Chutzpah, given that it’s on the same corridor as Crestview, yet far more dense – without the rail to provide the “T” for the “TOD”.

    The fact is that TOD is being used as a fig leaf to get reluctant neighborhoods to support long overdue densification on arterials – which is a good thing! – but it has nothing at all to do with the Red Line, which provides low-quality infrequent transit – thus failing the most important qualification of TOD.

    As for MLK; a TOD isn’t located a long walk across a busy arterial and through a big parking lot from the ‘station’.

    Leander looks nice. Maybe that’ll happen in 100 years or so.

    Tri-Rail, the closest model to the Red Line, has still generated 0 square feet of TOD after all this time, by the way.

  2. Lucy

    Midtown Commons has over 31 units per acre in Phase 1. That is well above any known minimum for a TOD and is much higher than many well-known TOD’s, such as Orenco Station in Portland.

    MLK has development on the same side of the street as the station, both residential and office space, so I don’t understand that comment. By the way, once the development on the north side of MLK is in, there will be a signalized crossing at Alexander, which will allow pedestrians to get across safely, so the traffic barrier is temporary.

    I am not trying to change anyone’s mind, but facts are facts, regardless of anyone’s opinions.

  3. Basic common sense tells us that a TOD should have more units per acre than a non-TOD in the same area (otherwise the TOD isn’t having more density encouraged by the transit part).

    And there is no substantial development on MLK anywhere very close to the station – I was just there a few weeks ago counting passengers.

    You guys have very low standards for TOD, apparently.


    These are the guys who basically coined the term a long time ago. Scroll down to “Is It Really TOD?” and note that many (most, even) of the qualifications are not met by the MLK development; more (but still not most) are met by the Crestview development. Leander is a question at this point.

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