Most people are willing to walk for about 10 minutes, or roughly half a mile, to access a rail transit station. Therefore, planning for transit-oriented development focuses on the area within half a mile of a station - drawn on maps as the walk circle, with the station at its center. Within the walk circle, the process seeks opportunities to locate additional transit riders going to new destinations, such as jobs, shops, and housing.
Principles of Transit-Oriented Development
Create a compact mix of land uses around transit stations that support, and benefit from, transit service
Design the station area as a civic amenity and a recognizable place in the community.
Place highest-intensity development nearest to the transit station
Provide direct pedestrian routes to the station
Use transit to shape the growth of community centers