Support Equitable Transit Oriented Communities

Enable mixed-use and mixed-income equitable Transit-Oriented Communities (eTOC) to achieve a reduction in the impacts from future growth, and the creation of sustainable destinations that enhance existing communities and offer easy access to a range of choices for employment, housing, recreation, education, culture, and services. Equitable development acknowledges that the value generated by transit and TOD can increase housing and other costs and accelerate displacement. To support the resilience of people and communities, anticipate community change, co-create project needs, and implement strategies that provide greater social, cultural, and economic opportunity for all current and future residents.


Providing house at a range of densities and affordability levels.

  • Define displacement and equity goals early in a project.
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
A photo of five store apartment complex in downtown San Jose.
The Monte Vista, San José, CA (Source: Flickr - Christiano Tomas)

Target growth and development (intensified and mixed land uses) to bus routes, light rail lines, and transit stations and provide pedestrian- and bike-friendly access.

  • Ensure developments enhance mobility choices and first-last mile connections.

A illustration of people waiting at a bus stop with a bike rack, seating, and real time schedule.
First Last Mile Strategies, Los Angeles, CA (Source: IBI Group)
Photo of a colorful mixed-use building with a bus stop in front
Queztal Gardens in San José, CA is an affordable mixed use community intentionally built near high quality transit. It provides integrated social services and commercial space for local community based organizations

Developments should include commercial and retail spaces that support local businesses and living-wage jobs.










An illustration of people playing at a playground next to a mixed-use development.
2060 Folsom & Chan Kaajal Park, Mission District, San Francisco, CA (Source: Flickr - Sergio Ruiz)

Require developments provide community services and other amenities, integrated into safe, walkable neighborhoods.









A photo of a train through a commerical area.
American Plaza Station, San Diego, CA (Source: Flickr - Aaron Hockley)

Require transit stations and the areas around them to be designed as inviting, highly visible, safe, and visually interesting places that are well-integrated with adjacent buildings.