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TransFormation Alliance Aims to Promote Equitable Transit-Oriented Development
Posted on: Aug 29, 2016
Transit-oriented developments, or TOD, are a popular concept: pedestrian friendly, mixed-use communities built around rail stations that help increase transit ridership and offer improved access to employment centers and services.
But a key question looms as MARTA prepares to bring TODs to a number of its transit stations: how to ensure that these projects are developed in an equitable fashion, so as not to price out lower-income residents who are most in need of access to transit and good jobs.
Enter the TransFormation Alliance, a collaborative effort made up of private, public and nonprofit groups, including the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), MARTA and Enterprise Community Partners. The Alliance, staffed by ARC and co-led by Enterprise, is dedicated to creating thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit and linked to all the opportunities and amenities that make the Atlanta region a great place to live.
The TransFormation Alliance recently updated its website, atltransformationalliance.org, to include in-depth profiles of each MARTA rail station along with a range of demographic and economic data about the surrounding neighborhoods around each station. This arms MARTA, community leaders and developers with data to help them design a project that has a positive impact on the community.
The profile data focuses on the neighborhood within a half-mile of each station, including but not limited to:
median household income
percentage of employed residents
average rental rates
average travel time to work
The website also describes the work being done by the 17 partner organizations and four sponsors. This work includes:
ARC’s Strategic Partners are committed to fostering collaborative regional approaches that improve quality of life in metro Atlanta. Their support elevates ARC leadership programs, research and events throughout the year. Learn more