Transit-oriented developments, or TOD, are a popular concept: pedestrian friendly, mixed-use communities built around rail stations that help increase transit ridership and offer improved access to employment centers and services.
But a key question looms as MARTA prepares to bring TODs to a number of its transit stations: how to ensure that these projects are developed in an equitable fashion, so as not to price out lower-income residents who are most in need of access to transit and good jobs.
Enter the TransFormation Alliance, a collaborative effort made up of private, public and nonprofit groups, including the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), MARTA and Enterprise Community Partners. The Alliance, staffed by ARC and co-led by Enterprise, is dedicated to creating thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit and linked to all the opportunities and amenities that make the Atlanta region a great place to live.
The TransFormation Alliance recently updated its website, atltransformationalliance.org, to include in-depth profiles of each MARTA rail station along with a range of demographic and economic data about the surrounding neighborhoods around each station. This arms MARTA, community leaders and developers with data to help them design a project that has a positive impact on the community.