Site Design

The manner in which development is designed has a profound impact on its ability to support transit use. Many times, appropriate uses and densities are close to transit, but design elements create barriers that cannot be overcome. This section identifies a series of site design principles intended to facilitate easy access to transit.

On-site Pedestrian Circulation

Pedestrian connections between transit and private development are critical to the success of bus service. Private development should provide a direct and continuous sidewalk connection between the sidewalk in the public right-of-way and entry on the front building façade. This path should be at least 5’ wide and provide as direct a route as possible from the transit service.

Open Space and Landscaping

Where appropriate, private development should incorporate open spaces that complement internal uses and create activity near transit stops. Plazas or green spaces can host secondary uses (i.e. café seating or sidewalk retail displays) and create a strong visual relationship between a transit stop and uses inside a building. Landscaping should also be used to reinforce this connection. Planters, landscaped areas and trees should be used to create attractive pedestrian paths that make access to transit comfortable and desirable.

Site Design Implementation Checklist

Guideline PrinciplesImplementation Tools
Provide a direct and continuous sidewalk connection between the sidewalk in the public right-of-way and entry on the front building façadeLocal zoning regulations, local subdivision regulations
Incorporate open spaces that complement uses and create activity near transit stopsLocal subdivision regulations