Transit Oriented Development Guide

Metro Green Line on University Avenue.Investing in transit and supporting transit oriented development (TOD) are priorities for the region. These efforts support the five outcomes of Thrive MSP 2040: Stewardship, Prosperity, Equity, Livability, and Sustainability.

The Metropolitan Council’s TOD Policy states that the Metropolitan Council will play a leadership role in planning and implementing TOD. We will continue to support local communities to ensure that growth supports a reliable and cost-effective transit system, help cities leverage private investment, and advance regional equity.

Purpose of TOD Guide

For local planners, elected officials,  planning commissioners, and others interested in planning, this TOD Guide is intended to:

  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of each level of government in planning and implementing TOD.St. Paul, Snelling Avenue. A new station for the A Line Rapid Bus resulted from coordination between the City of St. Paul, Metro Transit, and the developer of the Vintage on Selby, the Excelsior Group.
  • Address the importance of market demand and the needs of people most dependent on transit.

  • Emphasize implementation.

  • Share case studies and best practices that demonstrate how cities overcame challenges and achieved successful outcomes.

  • Help local planners build and share knowledge of TOD planning and implementation.

  • Reflect topics of interest to local planners working on TOD planning and implementation.

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