Why use the guidelines?

Effective transit can make a place more livable, more accessible, more sustainable, and greatly enhance local overall quality of life. Transit services and transit supportive development can provide a wide range of benefits across many sectors of a community. It is not simply the transit provider and rider who benefit; but rather, it is the municipalities, the development community, the non-transit riders, and others that can gain economic, environmental and quality of life benefits.

The Rider

  • Lower cost of transportation compared to regular automobile use
  • Enhanced access to local goods and services, jobs, and regional destinations
  • Greater mobility for citizens with disabilities
  • Greater passive exercise and lower rate of obesity and related illness


  • Fewer environmental impacts than private automobile use
  • Greater opportunities for housing choice and “aging in place”
  • Enhanced local and regional character
  • Reduced congestion on non-transit systems

Municipalities and Agencies

  • More efficient infrastructure systems and maintenance
  • Enhanced local services in more concentrated areas

Development Community

  • Greater utilization of available land
  • Broader market diversity and feasibility

Transit Service Provider

  • Greater integration of facilities into development context
  • More predictable ridership volume and behavior
  • Enhanced local access to/from transit service
  • Safer operations with fewer accidents
  • More efficient operations