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TOD Guidelines

MARTA has adopted TOD Guidelines which provide a framework for designing and constructing successful TOD projects. The Guidelines are built around four foundational principles:

  1. Station-area development that is compact and dense relative to its surroundings. Compared to its surroundings, TOD seeks greater density for a simple reason—so that more people can live, work, shop, or go to school within walking distance of the station. In so doing, they not only generate revenue for MARTA and other transit providers; they also drive less, use less gasoline, and save money.
  2. A rich mix of land uses. TOD creates places where the clustering of uses allows people to do what they need and want to do—live, work, shop, obtain services, go to school, use the library, have fun—more conveniently. A lively mix of uses strengthens the link between transit and development, as station areas become “24/7” places where people use transit at night and on weekends. Combining transit origins like housing with transit destinations like jobs and schools allows the system to carry rush-hour commuters in both directions, functioning more cost-effectively by serving more riders with the same fleet.
  3. A great public realm. Transit-oriented development is pedestrian-oriented development, especially within the quarter-mile radius that most people will walk as part of a daily commute. In a TOD environment, a grid of small, navigable blocks has sidewalks throughout, with attractive amenities, lighting, way-finding and active uses at street-level. The streets, sidewalks, plazas, and stations are safe, active, and accessible.
  4. A new approach to parking. TOD does not mean “no cars”. Even with high transit utilization, many people will come and go by automobile and need a place to park. But a defining characteristic of TOD is that it requires less parking than similar development in non-transit locations. Parking is shared as much as possible, taking advantage of dove-tailing uses and reducing further the actual number of spaces provided. And that parking which is required is designed so as not to dominate the visual or pedestrian environment.
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