tod in the twin cities

TOD Advisory Committee

Getting It Done: TOD Workshop Series

Funding Sources for TOD

Major Partners and Initiatives

CORRIDOR Planning

Minneapolis-St Paul Transitways 2020 Map (PDF)

Central Corridor

Southwest Corridor

Other Future Fixed-Guideway Transit

Hiawatha Line

Northstar Commuter Rail

Streetcars in the Twin Cities

Citizen's Guide to New Starts, Federal Funding for Transit Corridors

TOD TOOLKIT

Basic TOD Resources

Connecting Jobs to People

Mixed Income/Equitable TOD

Shaping Regional Demand for Growth

Station Area Planning

Value Capture and Financing TOD

Mixed Income/Equitable TOD

Two Hiawatha LRVs
North Beach Place, HOPE VI mixed-income housing, San Fransisco
Photo by Bob Canfeild/Courtesy of Bridge Housing

Mixed-income TOD and equitable TOD both stand for the idea that all communities (low, moderate and high income; urban, suburban, and rural) should benefit from TOD, and affordability is a key component of equitable TOD. A range of housing options around stations ensures that families at a range of incomes can to choose to live near transit. Though housing costs can be more expensive in built-out urban areas than outlying suburbs, these costs are offset by substantially lower transportation costs.

Shaping Regional Growth and Demand discusses many of the regional benefits that investment in transit and TOD can create (reduced congestion, increased economic competitiveness, etc.). That section also discusses the increased demand for housing near transit, which has raised concerns with local affordable housing advocacy groups about the potential for gentrification that new transit investments may create. Including an affordable housing component to TOD planning can help ensure that transit zones also serve low and moderate income residents.


Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is typically defined as more compact development within easy walking distance of transit stations (typically a half mile) that contains a mix of uses such as housing, jobs, shops, restaurants and entertainment. TOD is about creating walkable, sustainable communities for people of all ages and incomes and providing more transportation and housing choices. These neighborhoods provide for a lifestyle that's convenient, affordable and active, and create places where our children can play and our parents can grow old comfortably.