What do transit supportive places look like?

Transit supportive places do not all look the same and can in fact be represented by a wide variety of community types. Communities throughout the Chicago region are made up of many different types of neighborhoods, corridors, and commercial centers. In that regard, it is not suggested that all places be required to look and function in the same way to create transit supportive communities. However, there are some fundamental characteristics of community development and site design that increase the likelihood that an area will support access to and the operation of transit.

Appropriate development intensity that supports local businesses and provides activity centers that can be easily and predictably served by transit

A well-connected street grid providing multiple walking paths and connectivity between several different parts of the community

A comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that ensures safe and direct access between transportation facilities and private development

Comfortable amenities in the public realm that foster an active street environment for walking, enjoying local uses and waiting for transit service

Streets designed for vehicles and pedestrians that isolate transportation modes when appropriate and manage conflict points between pedestrians and motorists

A mix of land uses that results in high levels of pedestrian activity throughout different portions of the day and week

A human-oriented building design including facade articulation, awnings, pedestrian lighting, and signage, etc., that reinforces local identity, creates engaging building facades and uses, and results in a comfortable sidewalk environment for pedestrians

A layered multi-modal network that balances the needs of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders

Comfortable transit facilities and amenities that appropriately manage the interface between private development and transit service, especially in inclement weather