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Planning for Transit Oriented Development in Australian Cities

Peter Newman

Transit oriented development is a way of redeveloping a city to reduce car dependence.  This paper outlines its basic tenets by examining four strategic policy questions: why we need centres throughout the city and of what kind of density and mix; why we need a rapid transit base (usually electric rail) to link these centres; why we need a statutory planning process requiring TODs and how governments can facilitate them; and why public-private partnerships can make them work better. It illustrates these four strategy areas by examining how they are being applied in Australian cities.

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Keywords

Density, mixed-use, pedshed, public transport, rail, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, urban planning 



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