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Transit-Supportive Development in the United States: Experiences and Prospects

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This report examines recent experiences in the U.S. with transit-supportive developments – projects which, by design, give attention to the particular needs of transit users and pedestrians. The study focuses mainly on experiences in the suburbs and exurbs of large U.S. metropolises, which in most cases are served only by bus transit. Assessments are carried out at three levels – individual sites, neighborhoods, and communities. Since in the course of the research we found fewer U.S. examples of transit-supportive developments in bus-only suburban-exurban environs than popular accounts might have us believe, the study gives particular emphasis to implementation issues – how recent market and regulatory factors have influenced the transit-supportive design movement.

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