So, what does living 'close' to transit actually mean?

Unless you've been living in a cave you've probably heard about James Robertson and his 21 mile daily commuter by foot. He's the perfect poster child for just how screwed up our public transit situation is. It also makes sense that his story would go viral. But will this mean real change? Or just an outpouring of support for one person and then ten more years of our community burying its head in the sand about how pitiful our transportation policies continue to be?

So, what would a reasonable system look like? And what does it mean to live 'near' transit.


"What both these studies point to is that "proximity" to transit is a rather flexible setting that's by no means limited to a quarter- or half-mile in all cases. Of course, most people prefer to walk as little as possible to reach a transit stop or station. But not all urban street networks are created equal (walking a half-mile in Manhattan doesn't feel the same as walking that far in, say, pedestrian-unfriendly Orlando) and not all riders have the same options. The recent findings at least raise the possibility that cities could increase both ridership and market opportunities by extending TOD planning at least a mile from a station."

Read the rest here.