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12/27/2012



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Sound Transit to develop transit-oriented development strategy


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Sound Transit's board recently adopted a transit-oriented development (TOD) policy intended to increase ridership by promoting "positive land use and development" within walking distance of transit facilities.

"In the future, our stations will serve as magnets for vibrant commercial and residential projects that create places where people want to live, work and play, attracting even more riders," said Sound Transit Chairman Pat McCarthy in a prepared statement.

The policy will guide future efforts to support TOD efforts for the agency's own properties as well as surrounding areas, "recognizing that both types of opportunities involve working closely with local jurisdictions as well as private partners," Sound Transit officials said. The policy requires the agency to develop a TOD strategic plan, procedures and guidelines.

The increased focus on TOD will span planning, constructing and operating regional transit expansions, including up to 36 additional miles of light-rail extensions approved through the 2008 Sound Transit 2 measure.

Agency officials will work with other government entities and the private sector to identify and preserve right-of-way transit facilities; develop regional and local policies and plans that support TOD; develop and implement financial, land use and other strategies to encourage TOD; and develop and implement stakeholder advocacy.


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