Developing transit-oriented communities for better accessibility and affordability
The case of the Metro Vancouver Region
The development of transit-oriented communities (TOC) is a central element in the
promotion of accessibility in the Metro Vancouver Region (MVR). The entity is building
on its wealth of experience in public transport development in the region, which has
contributed to its high levels of well-being and economic progress. TOC aims to incentivise
people to drive less and walk, cycle and take transit more. A solid culture of community
engagement, the existence of a coordinating body for transport planning, and the links
between transport and land-use policy are the main assets MVR has to enhance accessibility.
However, tackling the affordable housing deficit around transport hubs remains a challenge
for local authorities. The purpose of this paper is to draw lessons from the MVR’s
experience in transit-oriented initiatives to contribute to the development of compact,
connected and green urban centres.
Published on December 11, 2020
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