Station Area Planning & Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
KAI is at the national forefront in outlining urban design strategies to create transit-supportive development patterns, preparing station area plans for transit systems, and developing transportation solutions to enhance transit station areas. We have developed plans that led to solutions for various transit agencies in integrating transportation and urban design into LRT, BRT, and commuter rail planning and design. KAI staff members have led transit station area and TOD planning efforts for more than 30 transit stations throughout the United States, including in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa, FL; Portland, OR; Charlotte, NC; Baltimore, MD; Alexandria, VA; and Washington, DC.
Our strong technical transit operations and engineering experience, combined with urban design sensitivity, allows KAI professionals to provide station area and TOD planning solutions that are grounded in technical and operational realities and can be advanced to implementation. We are also well-versed in applying this knowledge to enhance the connectivity and accessibility of fixed guideway transit stations to the rest of the community.
KAI is a recognized industry leader in this area. Staff members have provided training courses on behalf of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and authored numerous federal, statewide, and local guidelines and policies to advance land use and transit integration as well as the implementation of quality transit infrastructure. The firm authored both editions of TRB's Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual (TCQSM), which offers guidance on evaluating bus and rail operations.