Transit Zones

Leverage investments in transit infrastructure by concentrating density where its users are best situated to shift from single-occupancy cars to buses and trains. This ties directly into the new 2022 MTC Transit-Oriented Communities Policy guidelines for conformance with regional initiatives.


  • Density minimums or overlays can guide development in transit zones.
  • The intensity of development (as measured in dwelling units per acre or floor-area ratio) should be proportional to its distance from transit.
  • Incentive-based zoning can help concentrate mixed-use development in concentring rings around transit facilities.
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
An aerial illustration of the Berryessa BART map with the different districts.
Berryessa BART Urban Village Plan (Source: BART)

Parking at or near stations should be structured, leaving surface areas available for active uses, including community gathering.

A photo of a multi-story parking structure at the Berryessa BART Station.
Structured Parking - Berryessa Station, San José, CA