Investigating potential impacts of corridor TOD along Austin’s rapid bus line
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In the recent years, Austin has grown rapidly, and traffic congestion and low transit ridership have become issues that need to be addressed. City of Austin has tried to apply the concepts of Transit-Oriented Development to grow sustainably and solve some of these issues and found many station areas lacking compact mixed-use development. This report, adhering to principles of TOD, applies compact mixed-use development patterns to undeveloped parcels on the 801 Rapid Corridor. Using the Envision Tomorrow Scenario Builder and the MXD tool, impacts of this development on mode choice and other directly related indicators such as public health, affordability, and emissions are measured. At the same time, the study also tests the reliability of the MXD tool by approaching the TOD scenarios at three different spatial scales. It re-emphasizes the benefits of mixed-use development around transit, and gives a quantitative measure of the impacts it will have along the 801 Rapid Bus corridor in Austin.