As Indianapolis’ regional transit initiative, Indy Connect, was gaining momentum, the City of Indianapolis sought support to educate civic leaders and public officials on transit as well as the associated land use and economic development opportunities. As the only national non-profit effort dedicated to providing best practices, research and tools to support equitable market-based transit-oriented development, Reconnecting America’s Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) was chosen for the assignment.
CTOD partners with both the public and private market sectors to strategize about ways to encourage the development of high performing communities around transit stations and to build transit systems that maximize development potential. Under a grant from Living Cities and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Reconnecting America assembled a team of national experts from Strategic Economics, Citiventure Associates and Greenstreet Ltd.
The team developed and implemented workshops for Indianapolis civic leaders and public officials on transit and transit oriented development and published a report, “Realizing the Potential of Transit and TOD in the Indianapolis Region.” The report addresses fundamentals of transit and TOD, the transit region, station areas and local communities, transit and employment, as well as policy, regulatory and financing tools.