Transit Oriented Development (TOD
) is a walkable, mixed use form of development typically focused within a 600m radius of a transit station – a Light Rail Transit (LRT) station or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
Higher density development is concentrated near the station to make walking and transit convenient alternatives to the private automobile. TOD uses existing infrastructure and underutilized land, optimizes the use of a transit network and creates mobility options for transit riders and the local community. Successful TOD provides a mix of land uses and densities that create a convenient, interesting and vibrant community for local residents, workers and visitors.
The Bridges is one of the best examples of TOD in Canada and is showcased by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in the Transit Oriented Development Case Study - The Bridges. The Bridges successfully meets The City of Calgary’s Transit Development Policy Guidelines.