Transit Oriented Development Institute
Washington, DC

Join us next month in the nation's capital for the TOD event of the year! 


"Welcome to the Future. There is a game-changing shift underway in real estate. New research reveals how walkable urban places and projects will drive tomorrow's real estate industry and the economy and what actions are needed to take advantage of these market trends. What was perceived as a niche market is becoming the market." -Christopher Leinberger


Join Chris Leinberger and industry leaders at next month's Transit Oriented Development and Urban Real Estate Conference. Get up to speed on the best practices of TOD development, design, financing, and place management. Network with industry leaders coming together to share experiences delivering the best TODs in America.

Washington DC is home to the most extensive number of successful and unique TOD projects in the nation, with millions of square feet more under construction. Special guided walking tours of the projects are included to see them up close and in action. Project developers, planners, architects, and managers will be on hand to share the development story.
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Highlighted New Speakers
Harriet Tregoning - HUD
Harriet Tregoning
Harriet Tregoning leads the Office of Community Planning and Development at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She recently led HUD's Office of Economic Resilience, helping regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability.

She was previously Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and thriving city. Her priorities included re-writing the city's zoning code for the first time in 50 years, and collaborating with her transportation colleagues to bring the nation's (then) largest bike-sharing program to DC in 2010. Prior to this she served former Maryland Governor Glendening as Secretary of Planning. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Tregoning was the director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Jair Lynch - Jair Lynch Real Estate
Jair Lynch
As President and CEO of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, Mr. Lynch assumes primary responsibility for firm management and project coordination, with a commitment to developing a quality product and superior service. That commitment has produced distinctive urban mixed-use projects for investors and a distinguished list of public, private and non-profit clients.

Mr. Lynch has over twenty years' experience in public and private real estate as an investor and advisor, including projects in Silicon Valley, CA and Washington, DC. He founded Jair Lynch in 1998 and has completed more than 55 projects totaling 3 million square feet of development in DC, with an additional 2 million square feet in his development pipeline. He is a driving force for urban regeneration, working to create walkable urban places to empower people, develop place and create prosperity.
Gabe Klein - Former DC DOT Director
Gabe Klein
Gabe Klein has worked in leadership roles in Transportation, Technology, Consumer Services and Consulting. In 2015, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as an SVP (Special Venture Partner) on their new fund. Fontinalis is the leading VC firm intelligently focused on technology investments in next-generation mobility. Prior to this, Gabe joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration in Chicago as the Director of the Chicago Department of Transportation in 2011. While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation finance, public private partnerships and technology.

Prior to this, Gabe was Director of The District Department of Transportation in Washington DC where he worked to build a customer focused agency that is being hailed as a leader nationally in technology, customer interface, and multi-modal innovation, as well as innovative finance. DDOT is setting the standard for everything from parking technology, to the Nations 1st, and largest bikesharing program, Capital Bikeshare. Prior to his role at DC DOT, Gabe was a senior executive at Zipcar, one of the nation's first car sharing programs where he built the brand into a major operation with 500 vehicles in the D.C. region, and achieved profitable operating results along with the highest consumer quality scores in the company.

Kurt Roeloffs - Protean Capital
Kurt Roeloffs
Kurt Roeloffs is founder of Protean Capital, an investment firm focused on providing capital to young companies with the right people, ideas and projects for transforming the built environment. Mr. Roeloffs founded the company in 2013 after decades of experience in commercial real estate development, investment banking, investment management and private equity.

Before establishing Protean, Kurt spent 23 years of his career with Deutsche Bank. He served as its Global Chief Investment Officer (2009 - 2012) and its Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific Region (1999 - 2009) during which time he was stationed in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Previously, he was the Founder & Managing Director of Bankers Trust's Real Estate Investment Banking Group in Hong Kong. He began his career in real estate at the Trammell Crow Company. Kurt received his BA from Columbia University and his MBA from The Wharton School.
Kristopher Takacs - SOM Architects
Kristopher Takacs
Architect and Urban Designer Kristopher Takács is SOM's practice leader for rail transportation. His 20-year career has been dedicated to improving urban mobility and designing exceptional transit-oriented places including iconic passenger transportation facilities, mixed-use developments, commercial and residential towers, and urban designs for campuses, districts and cities. In these endeavors he has realized strong, design-led visions for a variety of owners and clients including public institutions and authorities, private-sector developers, and public-private partnerships.

Kristopher worked on the newly renovated Denver Union Station -- a great TOD case study model for California. He is also presently leading SOM's planning and design work for All Aboard Florida - a new intercity rail line and commercial development connecting Downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando International Airport - as well as a massive district plan to transform the 100 acres of urban land around Amtrak's 30th Street Station in Philadelphia
Shyam Kannan - WMATA
Shyam Kannan, WMATA
Mr. Kannan brings extensive planning and transit oriented development experience in the public
and private sectors to WMATA (Metro). At Metro he directs the Authority's strategic planning efforts, called Momentum, as well as supervises long-range planning, sustainability, and smart growth. He has a particular interest in the economic benefits
of transit as well as coordinating closely with the business community in the region.

Active in the region's planning community; Mr. Kannan is a committee member of the Urban Land Institute, the Region Forward Coalition of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and is an adjunct Faculty Member of Georgetown University. Mr. Kannan has a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University, and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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Washington DC leads the nation with TOD!

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.


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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