Transit Oriented Development Institute
Washington, DC

Big names in real estate development, planning, investment, architecture, and urban design are coming together this October for the Transit Oriented Development and Urban Real Estate Conference coming to Washington DC!

Located in the very center of one of the fastest growing TODs - NoMa, this major conference is the first in a series of events to be convened by the newly launched Transit Oriented Development Institute, a project of the US High Speed Rail Association. Don't miss it!

The conference includes a day of on-site project tours of the best examples of successful TODs in America. This is an opportunity to see projects up close and learn how to create great walkable, mixed-use places.

Come to Washington DC to learn more and network with the leaders.
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Evan Goldman - Federal Realty VP
Evan Goldman, Federal Realty TOD Conference Welcomes Evan Goldman

We are excited to announce that Federal Realty's Vice President of Development Evan Goldman will be headlining our TOD conference!

This is a great opportunity hear from a senior executive of one of America's leading TOD developers. Federal Realty has a long history of successful mixed-use projects around the country including some of the most unique, well loved places such as Bethesda Row and Pentagon Row in DC, Santana Row in northern California, and the transformative Pike & Rose project currently under construction in northwest DC next to the White Flint metro station.

Mr. Goldman manages the Pike & Rose project, along with other redevelopment opportunities in Federal Realty's portfolio. He joined Federal Realty in July 2008 with ten years of experience in development, finance, and architecture. Prior to joining Federal Realty, he was a Partner at the Holladay Corporation, a mixed-use development company in Washington, D.C., where he began his involvement with the White Flint Partnership. He has also worked as an Associate for Tishman Speyer Properties and as Vice President of Design for LeRoy Adventures.

Mr. Goldman holds a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. He serves on both the Advisory Board and the Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute Washington.

Federal Realty's Pike & Rose Project
Pike and Rose taking shape

The exciting new Pike & Rose project is currently under construction in the northwest DC region. The $250 million first phase has recently opened and is already creating a buzz in development circles.

Hear all about the complex project at the TOD Conference from its director Evan Goldman, Vice President of Development at Federal Realty. Learn about the development process, the unique design, and the complicated financing of one of the soon-to-be coolest places to live, work and play in the DC area.

Pike and Rose project takes off!

Pike & Rose is more than a new neighborhood. Located in the heart of affluent Montgomery County on Rockville Pike, it will reinvent one of the area's most successful retail corridors. Delivering Phase I in 2014 with 150,000 SF of retail anchored by iPic Theaters, 80,000 SF office and 493 residential units at PerSei and Pallas.
Pike and Rose, strip center to urbanism!

Pike and Rose is an exemplary project showcasing the transition from an auto oriented strip center, to walkable urbanism transit oriented development.
More info | Project website | Phase 2 announcement | TOD Conference

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Paul Morris - Atlanta Beltline CEO
Paul Morris, Atlanta Beltline TOD Conference Welcomes Paul Morris

We are excited to announce that Atlanta Beltline's CEO Paul Morris will be headlining our TOD conference! This is a great opportunity to learn about this mega TOD project underway in the city of Atlanta.

Paul Morris joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) in July, 2013 as President and CEO. ABI is responsible for the development of the most comprehensive revitalization effort in the history of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects in the United States.

This multi-billion dollar sustainable development initiative is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit linking mixed use development and affordable housing by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other.

Hear all about the project at the TOD Conference!
Project overview | Images | TOD Conference

Atlanta Beltline project

Atlanta Beltline map

Eric Shaw - DC Planning Director to Speak
Eric Shaw - DC Director of Planning TOD Conference Welcomes New DC Director

We are excited to announce that DC's new Planning Director Eric Shaw will be headlining our TOD conference!  This is a great opportunity hear from and meet DC's new top planner, and find out what's in store for the Capital city that's in the midst of a huge renaissance.  
Before joining Mayor Bowser's administration, Eric was the Director of Community and Economic Development for Salt Lake City where he was the lead city official on placed based and development policy. He managed a number of high profile projects including a new citywide engagement program, the restructuring of the small business loan program, and updates to nine city plans including the city's general plan.

He was a leader in planning efforts in post Katrina Louisiana as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority and Vice President of Programs and Policy for Foundation for Louisiana. As Director of Community Planning, Shaw provided direct technical assistance to local leaders and managed the $10 million Comprehensive Resilience Pilot Program. At Foundation for Louisiana, he edited the nationally recognized Citizens' Guide to Land Use, and Citizens' Guide to Urban Design that trained residents on the principles of land use and urban design.

Eric has also worked in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors in Silicon Valley and Miami. He began his career in Washington DC as a Capital City Fellow in District government in the Anthony Williams administration. Shaw earned a Bachelors of Arts in International Development and Policy Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in urban planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 
Chris Leinberger - Development Expert
Chris Leinberger TOD Conference Welcomes New DC Director

The TOD Institute is very pleased to announce leading TOD expert and developer Christopher Leinberger will headline our conference!  Leinberger is a leader in development and has done extensive research on TOD, and how it is transforming settlement patterns and lifestyles across America.

Mr. Leinberger's research is a blueprint on how to approach development that will sell in the new cultural context. His research helps developers and planners get ahead of the curve and do TOD right so it is great for the city and profitable!
Christopher B. Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns.

Voted one of the top 100 urban thinkers, Mr. Leinberger is:  
His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. He  is the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has contributed chapters to 12 other books. He is an Op-Ed Contributor to the The New York Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines. CNN, National Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel, Washington Post, among others, have profiled him. Leinberger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

Doug Firstenberg to Speak
Doug Firstenberg Conference Welcomes Real Estate Leader

We are honored to announce that Doug Firstenberg of StonebridgeCarras will speak at the TOD Conference. As a big player in developing marque TOD's in and around the District, he will share his insights gained into how DC has become the TOD leader in U.S.
As a founding principal of Stonebridge, Mr. Firstenberg focuses on strategic planning and project conceptualization and takes a primary role in major transaction negotiation. He also co-manages StonebridgeCarras. He has more than 25 years of experience working on complex real estate financing and directing the implementation of the firm's strategic plans.

Examples of Mr. Firstenberg's work at Stonebridge include:  
  • Overseen real estate projects in excess of 10 million square feet and $2.5 billion in costs.
  • Negotiated acquisitions and joint ventures in excess of
    $1 billion.
  • Negotiated debt financings in excess of $1 billion.
  • Negotiated leases for more than 4.0 million square feet
    of space.
  • Created structures for not-for-profit clients that maximize opportunities, using techniques such as ground leases, public/private partnerships and combining public institution debt placement and real estate tax exemption with private sector development programs.
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Washington DC is home to the most extensive and best transit oriented development in the nation, and has millions of square feet under construction throughout the district.  More | Story  

Transit Oriented Development

The TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE is a national planning initiative to promote and accelerate the roll-out of walkable, mixed-use communities around rail stations. Working to increase the supply of new TODs and rail systems, the TOD Institute brings together business and political leaders with experts to advance knowlege sharing and project dealmaking.


The Transit Oriented Development Institute is a project of the US High Speed Rail Association, America's leading advocate for the development of a 21st century, national rail system. The Transit Oriented Development Institute promotes increased TOD as well as high quality design standards that deliver the best results to the users, the community, the developers, and the rail systems.  


The Transit Oriented Development Institute is run by a team of experts and leaders in rail, urban design, and real estate development.


In This Issue
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TOD Principles
The following 10 principles are general guidelines for planning TOD districts and neighborhoods. Densities, details, and design vary project by project depending on many factors including location, context, availability of redevelopment property, surrounding development, etc. 

These 10 principles are a starting point for further work preparing specific local development plans working with the community. Examples of these plans are located on our 'Reports' page.

1. Put stations in locations with highest ridership potential and development opportunities
 2. Designate 1/2 mile radius around station as higher density, mixed-use, walkable development
 3. Create range of densities with highest at station, tapering down to existing neighborhoods
Design station site for seamless pedestrian connections to surrounding development

 5. Create public plaza directly fronting one or more sides of the station building
 6. Create retail and cafe streets leading to station entrances along main pedestrian connections
 7. Reduce parking at station, site a block or two away, direct pedestrian flow along retail streets
 8. Enhance multi-modal connections, making transfers easy, direct, and comfortable
 9. Incorporate bikeshare, a comprehensive bikeway network, and large ride-in bike parking areas
10. Use station as catalyst for major redevelopment of area and great placemaking around station.

Key to laying the foundation for Transit Oriented Development, high quality rail systems encourage the development of compact, mixed-use, walkable communities. High speed rail is the backbone of a rail-based transportation system. When combined with regional rail, light rail, metro systems, and streetcars and trams, a complete and integrated rail network is achieved enabling easy, fast mobility throughout the system.

The rail network becomes the organizing framework for a series of TOD developments into the creation of entire neighborhoods surrounding the rail stations. A series of TOD neighborhoods emerge laid out like pearls along a string. These add up entire networks of walkable communities creating a highly livable, 21st century lifestyle for all.

By making the station and its surrounding development well integrated and pedestrian and bicycle friendly, the 'last mile' connections to local destinations are made easy. Walking and biking to the station becomes a major mode of choice by many.

Ideally, the rail station is located in the middle of downtown or town centers where many destinations are within a short walk or bike ride away. Walkable communities support rail systems by providing high ridership throughout the day, week, and weekend.

Sophisticated new city bike share programs serve the last mile best by making fast door-to-door connections easy with the ability to ride and drop off the bike almost anywhere.  More

Transit oriented development (TOD) is the exciting fast growing trend in creating vibrant, compact, livable, walkable communities centered around high quality train systems.

TODs can be stand-alone communities, or a series of towns strung along a rail line like pearls on a string. TODs are the integration of community design with rail system planning.

High speed rail is the backbone of a rail-based transportation system. When combined with regional rail, light rail, metro systems, streetcars and trams, a complete and integrated rail network is achieved enabling easy, fast mobility throughout the system.

Coordinating and encouraging compact, mixed-use development around the rail stations completes the system by enabling people to live, work, and play along the system without the need for a car.

Together, these save time, money, energy, and lives - while offering an easier,
healthier, low-stress lifestyle.  More