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A Tool for Assessing Economic Impacts of Public Transit Spending

Resource Created By: National Center for Transit Research (NCTR)

Subject: Funding and Finance, Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 7/15/2013

Abstract
Florida DOT released an Excel-based tool and report to help transit agencies, local governments, and other public transit stakeholders assess the impacts of transit spending. Particular focus was given to industry specific multipliers, best practices, flexibility and ease of use. 
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Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development

Resource Created By: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Subject: Funding and Finance, Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 1/15/2013

Abstract
This report presents innovative funding options that communities can use to fund transit-oriented development. Information regarding financing mechanisms and strategies, examples of other communities' finance tools, four innovative TOD planning tools, and community context/market factors is included.
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Smart Growth and Economic Success

Resource Created By: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 12/6/2012

Abstract
Smart Growth and Economic Success, a publication of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is the first report in a series designed to promote the benefits of smart growth to stakeholder groups. The report grew out of a workshop in December 2011, and includes information about how to best implement transportation into a smart growth plan. 
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2011 Transit and Community Livability Report

Resource Created By: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI)

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 12/1/2012

Abstract
This report seeks to measure livability in order to give transit agencies measurable standards, with the result being to increase implementation and practice of livability methods in the transit industry. 


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Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America

Resource Created By: Reconnecting America

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 5/24/2012

Abstract
Reconnecting  America, with support from CTAA and the Rockefeller Foundation, released Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America: How Smaller Cities and Rural Places are Using Transit and Mobility Investments to Strengthen Their Economies and Communities

This report details ways that small cities and rural towns have integrated transit into their locales, and the impact of transit on their communities. Nine case studies are highlighted, and the authors focus on transit solutions to several challenges faced by small communities, including an aging population, limited economic resources, and a population spread out over large geographic areas.
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Livable Communities: Tips for Designing Transit Services and Infrastructure that Promote Livability

Resource Created By: National RTAP

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Technical Briefs

Publish Date: 11/1/2011

Abstract
This brief will discuss the characteristics of a livable community, provide specific examples of enhancements to transportation services and infrastructure, suggest ways to implement a successful livability initiative, and present grant opportunities. 
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Livable and Sustainable Communities

Resource Created By: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Pamphlets and Brochures

Publish Date: 7/1/2010

Abstract
This flyer provides information about partnership between the Federal Transit Association and the Department of Transportation with the objective to support initiatives that demonstrate ways to improve the link between public transit and communities.  


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Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

Resource Created By: International City/County Management Association (ICCMA)

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 5/31/2010

Abstract
This publication is designed to provide rural decision-makers with a resource for balancing competing goals while creating more vibrant, sustainable communities. It is intended to show how smart growth approaches can be adapted and applied in the rural context, particularly in times of change. Following a brief discussion of key issues facing different types of rural communities and how smart growth is perceived in rural environments, the majority of this publication addresses how to put smart growth into practice in rural communities. This third section of this publication is framed around three key goals, which can help a community pursue its vision for accommodating and attracting sensible growth in the future, while maintaining and enhancing its rural character and quality of life.
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Harnessing Value for Transportation Investment

Resource Created By: Center for Transportation Studies

Subject: Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 6/1/2009

Abstract
From the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) this report looks at the value added to communities from transportation investments. Details regarding eight value capture strategies that could potentially be applied by jurisdictions in Minnesota are included.  In the list are:
Land value tax 
Tax increment financing 
Special assessments
Transportation utility fees
Development impact fees
Negotiated exactions
Joint development 
Air rights 
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Understanding How To Motivate Communities to Support and Ride Public Transportation

Resource Created By: Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)

Subject: Marketing, Passengers (General), Sustainability and Environment

Format Type: Research and Reports

Publish Date: 3/18/2008

Abstract

TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 122: Understanding How to Motivate Communities to Support and Ride Public Transportation provides a comprehensive discussion on the methods and strategies used by public transportation agencies in the United States and Canada to enhance their public images and motivate the support and use of public transportation. Additionally, the report identifies and describes methods and strategies used by other industries (comparable to public transportation) to enhance their public image and to motivate the support and use of their products and services. Also, this report examines the perceptions, misperceptions, and use of public transit, and the extent to which these affect support. Finally, the report identifies effective communication strategies, campaigns, and platforms for motivating individuals to action in support of public transportation, and it recommends ways to execute those communication strategies, campaigns, and platforms. This report will be helpful to transit agencies; elected officials; community leaders; business leaders; and federal, state, and local funding agencies in both the United States and Canada.

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