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Brookings has an online interactive map that charts “Transit Access to Jobs in Metropolitan America.” Click or search America’s 100 largest metro areas to discover statistics about access to transit, service frequency, and job access. Zoom in for more information on particular neighborhoods.

The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index is an interactive map measuring “the true affordability of housing based on its location.” Measurements are based on “both the cost of housing as well as the cost of transportation associated with the location of the home.” The US Department of Transportation and US Department of Housing and Urban Development have a similar set of tools available at, including a Transportation Cost Calculator and Location Affordability Index.

Michigan's Complete Streets legislation was signed into law last year as Public Act 135 of 2010. The Michigan Department of Transportation has answered “Frequently Asked Questions” about “Complete Streets” legislation in Michigan.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) “Thinking Beyond the Stations” Initiative PPS, in partnership with Reconnecting America, is undertaking a major initiative that addresses the challenges of integrating transit and development into communities by promoting a philosophy of “community-supportive” transit to guide transportation and community planning decisions. Read more about the initiative here.

Project for Public Places: “Building Community Through Transportation” Campaign The overarching goal of this project is to support placemaking and transform federal, state, and metropolitan transportation policies and practice that currently prioritize moving people and goods over creating walkable, healthy and sustainable communities.

Center for Transit Oriented Development: “Reconnecting America” The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a national nonprofit that provides best practices, research, and tools to support market-based transit-oriented development. It partners with both the public and private sectors to develop high-performing TOD projects around transit stations and to build transit systems that maximize the development potential.

Transportation Riders United is a local non-profit that advocates improving mass transit in Greater Detroit.

The American Public Transit Association reports that for every $1 invested in public transit, $6 is generated in new local economic activity.

The Livability in Transportation Guidebook “illustrates how livability principles have been incorporated into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from State, regional, and local sponsors.”  The guidebook was prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation and is a good example of how the federal government is thinking about transportation issues.

The annual Transportation Bonanza” features national speakers and in-depth workshops on how to create healthy, walkable, connected, sustainable communities. The 2nd annual event was held in December 2010. To view presentation materials and reports from the conference, visit the American Planning Association-Michigan Chapter and the Michigan Congress for the New Urbanism, or view the event’s brochure.

The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts conducted a study, entitled Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure: Case Study – Baltimore, which says that building non-motorized infrastructure creates up to twice as many jobs than auto-based infrastructure projects.

“Complete Streets” legislation recently enacted in Michigan gives communities tools to create connected, walkable, and bicycle-friendly places.



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