Improving Station Area Environments

Partnerships and collaboration between local jurisdictions, developers, and community members are important to develop station areas that are attractive and functional to the surrounding community.

Many of VTA’s rail stations and major bus transfer facilities exist in well-established areas and serve a mix of land uses including suburban residential, downtowns, commercial, or industrial. While some station areas present opportunities for comprehensive long-range Specific Area Planning or equitable Transit-Oriented-Community projects all have significant opportunities for improvement through incremental change.

Overall vision for the station area is important. Bringing together the community and stakeholders in the earliest stages of change, opportunities and challenges can prevent future conflicts. Given the varying conditions at each station area, station area planning best practices can produce varying kinds of changes and at different rates.

Big Picture Ideas:

  • Enhance the active transportation environment, including places for pedestrians and bicycles.
  • Establish a sense-of-place for the station area.
  • Change land use policy to increase activities, broaden services, and better support walking, transit use, and the surrounding community.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
Photo of play structure and shaded amphitheater next to transit center
The Monrovia Station Plaza Play Area and Amphitheatre in Monrovia, CA activates the Monrovia Station Area (Source: IBI Group)