Thesis published!

After waiting months for my finished baby to go through publication, the online version is now publicly available for all to see. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the role of public incentives and planning processes for TOD, and particularly for any practitioners in non-coastal cities attempting to chart this course; recognizing the lack of quality research and case studies that relate to average cities, this one is for you.


View/download on OhioLINK.


Year and Degree

2016, Master of City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University, City and Regional Planning.


The purpose of this study is to explore emerging research and planning concepts in conjunction with practical case studies to yield specific insights into promoting transit-oriented development (TOD). As it relates to TOD, this thesis focuses on public sector strategies, including public-private partnerships. Each of the case study cities exhibit unique contexts, including varying degrees of market strength, existing transit ridership, and funding capacity. The TOD solutions that these case study cities implement, the focus of this thesis, are shaped by and for those unique contexts.

A review of literature will examine a broad array of sources that shed light on transit-oriented development practices in similar contexts. This discussion draws from specific examples of innovation in finance, policy, design, and planning; as well as a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages. Following the literature review, this study will analyze the historical evolution of transportation and transit policy, including federal and state-level programs. The crux of this study is ten (10) case study cities that transcend several fixed-guideway types (heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar) and markets of varying size and strength. Findings on significant strategies that yield results within these case studies will be organized into benchmarks and best practices, intended as a uniquely contextual resource for emerging cities aspiring to incorporate transit-oriented development into planning for sustainable development.


Kimberly Burton (Advisor)
Rachel Kleit, PhD (Committee Chair)


242 p.

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