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TOD & Related Resources


Financing TOD and Infill Infrastructure

Financing the Gap for Equitable TOD (62 pages, PDF)
April 2013 - Two national nonprofit leaders in equitable TOD financing, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), authored the paper, which was commissioned by the philanthropic collaborative Living Cities. The report, Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development, identifies the systemic challenges of developing and financing equitable TOD projects—those that prioritize social equity and incorporate community services—and offers concrete national and regional capital and policy ideas to grow the sector.

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development (254 pages, PDF)
January 2013 - The report focuses on four areas related to infrastructure finance for TOD.

  • Identifies dozens of financing mechanisms and strategies that communities can use.
  • Showcases how 11 communities are using finance tools and funding sources to implement TOD.
  • Introduces four innovative models communities could consider for their TOD planning.
  • Explains how community context and market factors affect the types of financing tools or funding strategies that communities can use.

New and Enhanced Tools to Promote Effective Transit Oriented Development: A case study for Minnesota (33 pages, PDF)
December 2012 - Southwest Corridor Community Works with funding from Hennepin County requested that Ehlers evaluate current market conditions for transit oriented development (TOD) and identify existing tools, enhancement to tools, or new tools which would encourage private investment in the Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridor. This report uses the planned Shady Oak station as a case study for the challenges and opportunities for development along the LRT line and offers recommendations for policy changes that will further assist the line’s sponsors with maximizing ridership, housing choices, services, and employment opportunities.

Strategic Acquisition Fund for Transit Oriented Development (62 pages, PDF)
December 2011 - Funded in part by Corridors of Opportunity, this report explores the question: Could a structured fund be used to facilitate the acquisition, hold and preparation of land for development along transit ways or on other efficiently-located sites; those with proximity to services, amenities and jobs that would reduce vehicle dependency, increase affordability and provide more choice?