Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), sometimes referred to as Transit Villages, is compact, mixed-use communities centered on a transit station. By design, they invite residents, workers, and shoppers to drive less and take transit more. A recent study published by the Transit Cooperative Research Board (TCRP) confirms that TOD really does get people out of their cars. When measured against similar sized developments not located near transit, TOD's generate only about half as many car trips.
Among the TOD's surveyed was the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village. Surrounding BART's Pleasant Hill Station, the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village Program "has advanced the cause of Transit Village development more than any other station on the system" ("Transit Villages in the 21st Century" by Michael Bernick & Robert Cevero, 1997). Conceived during a planning initiative in the early 1980's, the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village now hosts almost 5,000 residents, and over 5,000 workers on a daily basis. A Fact Sheet provides detail on this exemplary model of Transit-Oriented Development.
The public is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Avalon Walnut Creek at Contra Costa Centre & Robert I. Schroder Overcrossing on Saturday, October 2, 2010. View invitation.
While approaching completion, the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village continues to be a work in progress. This site has been established to provide information on current initiatives, including: