Transit-Oriented Development


As Houston’s population grows, METRO is also expanding its transit network to meet the region’s transportation needs. More and more residents are seeking walkable neighborhoods with access to transit.

The completion of METRO’s Red, Purple, and Green light-rail lines, along with the redesigning of our local bus network in 2015, gives both public and private entities a chance to encourage development that supports walking, biking, and transit use. This is known as transit-oriented development (TOD).

Purpose of the Study

The study, done in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) identifies opportunities for TOD in areas around METRORail and regional Park & Ride lots. The study includes these key resources: a marketing tool METRO can show developers and community stakeholders; an initial market assessment of each location; and recommended actions for METRO and our partner agencies.

Benefits of TOD

Successful transit-oriented development can trigger economic, transportation, health, and community benefits. By identifying and communicating these benefits, METRO and other stakeholders can support policies and programs that will make TOD more likely to occur.



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