Transit Oriented Development – Getting it Right in Ontario

Published December 1, 2019

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Transit oriented development has become a key part of the Government of Ontario’s transit and urban development strategy. It aims to help offset some of the costs of developing transit infrastructure, provide a better end-user experience, and helps to provide more housing and office space within walking distance from transit.

Transit oriented development is well established around the world, although the idea is more common in locations with high density and high land value. The GTHA has a combinatio of high density/high value, and smaller density/lower value station sites.

There are also other factors that need to be considered including land ownership, site space constraints, site-specific factors, land-use designations, and local stakeholder issues. This variety of factors presents unique challenges and opportunities at each site across the Metrolinx and TTC network.

Key Findings:

  1. Clarity of vision
  2. Certainty on timelines
  3. Understand value
  4. Align on risks
  5. Design to reduce risk
  6. Provide flexibility
  7. Deliver with certainty
  8. Define value
  9. Utilize site-specific approaches

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