Urban Design Variables Contributing to Better Transit-Oriented Development
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This paper discusses the effects of several urban design criteria on ridership and the possible success of transit oriented development by comparing these measures across transit systems in three different cities, the Paris RER line C, the Washington DC Blue MetroRail line, and Atlanta’s MARTA. Number of intersections, block size, linear distance of right-of-way were calculated for a 1/4 mile network area around each station using GIS. Walking distance between each station was also calculated to see if having multiple stations nearby had any effect on ridership.