Active Transportation

Complete streets, transit, bikeway, and pedestrian planning, design, and performance measurement

Transit-Oriented Development: Putting it all Together

Transit-oriented development (TOD) has emerged as a powerful, effective way to integrate land use and public transit. TOD done right links smart growth and sustainability with higher capacity rail or bus transit services. This linkage takes place in the environs of the rail passenger station or the bus rapid transit stop.

TOD concentrates workplaces, residences, and supporting retail services within convenient walking distance of rail or bus rapid transit service, and thus brings customers to public transit services as well as creates vibrant, mixed-use communities.

There are many challenges in creating successful TODs. These include building effective public-private partnerships, ensuring multi-modal TOD access for the "last mile" and beyond, "right-sizing parking", and balancing private and public uses to create a unique place identify.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • The definition, attributes & history of TOD
    • TOD benefits
    • Parking for TOD
    • Multimodal access & land use mix
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Case studies & best practices
  • Course Outline


    MODULE 1: Course Overview & Student Activities (45 minutes)

    Learning Objective: Understand the nature of the course and student involvement

    1.A Course Introduction & Overview

    1.A.1 Introduction of the course
    1.A.2 Content overview
    1.A.2 Student involvement

    MODULE 2: TOD Definition, Attributes, & History (90 minutes)

    Learning Objective: Appreciating the definition, attributes, and history of TOD

    2.A Definition & Attributes of TOD

    2.A.1 Definition of TOD
    2.A.2 Attributes of TOD
    2.A.2 History of TOD in America & abroad


    MODULE 3: Designing a TOD (45 minutes)

    Learning Objective: Learn how to envision a TOD & Assemble a TOD Team

    3.A Designing a TOD

    3.A.1 Creating a Vision
    3.A.2 The Players
    3.A.2 Creating a Place

    MODULE 4: The Importance of Parking (90 minutes)

    Learning Objective: Appreciate how essential “right-sized” parking is to TOD success

    4.A TOD Parking

    4.A.1 Parking perceptions & attitudes
    4 A.2 Guiding principles
    4.A.3 Parking demand, location, time, price and supply
    4.A.4 Demand based parking requirements
    4.A.5 Creating comprehensive on-street & off-street parking system


    MODULE 5: Land Use & “Placemaking” (45 minutes)

    Learning Objective: How land use mix, density, urban design, and public space can create place vitality and identity

    5.A TOD Land Use

    5.A.1 Land use mix & density
    5.A.2 Land use density
    5.A.2 “Placemaking”

    MODULE 6: Multimodal Access (90 minutes)

    Learning Objective: The important aspects of multimodal access to and circulation within a TOD

    6.A TOD Access

    6.A.1 Transit linkages
    6.A.2 Pedestrian access & circulation
    6.A.3 Bicycle access, circulation, & parking
    6.A.4 Motor vehicle access & circulation
    6.A.5 “The last mile” & “The last five miles”

    MODULE 7: Public-Private Partnerships (45 minutes)

    Learning Objective: How collaboration between public and private sector and among an array of public agencies and professional disciplines is the key to bring TOD to life

    7.A Partnerships & Collaboration

    7.A.1 Public & Private
    7.A.2 Inter-agency
    7.A.3 Inter-disciplinary
    7.A.4 Public & Private Funding & Programming
    7.A.5 Creating more than transportation: using transportation as a catalyst

    MODULE 8: Putting the Pieces Together (90 minutes)

    Learning Objective: Best practices through TOD case study & class examples

    8.A TOD Access

    8.A.1 The Urban TOD
    8.A.2 The Suburban TOD
    8.A.3 The Rail-based TOD
    8.A.4 The BRT-based TOD
    8.A.5 Putting All the Pieces Together

  • What you will learn

    From this course students will acquire TOD planning and design capability. They will learn how to design a TOD land use mix, parking program, and multimodal access.

    Students will also increase their understanding of the public-private partnership essential in creating a successful TOD, in addition to enhancing their appreciation for placemaking centered around public transportation.

  • Who should attend

    This course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants.

    Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will all find the course useful.

    This course is appropriate for both the urban and suburban perspectives.

  • Course Prerequisites

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  • Course Instructors

      Michael Kodama, Executive Director, Eco-Rapid Transit

      Mr. Kodama is the Executive Director for Eco-Rapid Transit, a joint powers authority with 13 members, including 12 cities and Bob Hope Airport. He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching transportation planning at the University of Southern California and has his own consulting practice. Mr. Kodama is leading the effort to develop a new rail transit line in Southeast Los Angeles County that would serve over 70,000 riders per day along a 20-mile alignment. He recently led efforts to develop a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Corridor Guidebook.

      He has over 25 years of professional transportation planning experience and has been involved in TOD and parking management throughout the country. Mr. Kodama has a M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

      Nancy Michali, Technical Program Instructor, UC Berkeley, ITS TechTransfer

      Ms. Michali has over 35 years of professional consulting and public sector experience in working with cities in preparing community-based plans integrating transit, urban design, and land use decisions translated into viable implementation strategies.

      Nancy's recent projects include developing the first national high speed rail Station District Master Plan with Fresno, and preparing a vision and guiding implementation plan with Los Angles for a four-mile segment of the Los Angeles River that weaves public trails and parks with catalytic development to accomplish river restoration, and city sustainability, open space, affordable housing and job creation goals. She has prepared TOD plans for Boston, Portland, Fresno, and cities in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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      If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the TechTransfer Registrar at (510) 643-4393 or

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

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