Bay Area TOD Study


San Francisco Bay Area Region, California

HDR | Calthorpe worked with Reconnecting America’s Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) on a Bay Area Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) policy framework for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The study addresses the types and distribution of TOD opportunities in the Bay Area, defines potentially effective regional policies to support TODs, performs case studies of TOD opportunities in the Bay Area, and recommends refinements to supportive regional policies based on the case studies.

HDR | Calthorpe led the case study portion of the effort, assessing the TOD potential of a range of development conditions in the region including inner-city infill areas, reuse sites, suburban TODs and new growth areas. A variety of transit typologies was explored including heavy rail, light rail and commuter rail, as well as existing and planned transit stations.

Primary transit corridors of the Bay Area
Transit station study area boundary, shown with 5-min walking radius
Station Areas with 1/4 and 1/2 mile walking radii
Townhouses at The Crossings in Mountain View, CA
Richmond Transit Village
The Colma Steps, a walkway improving pedestrian access to BART in Daly City, CA

Project Summary



Metropolitan Transportation Commission (Oakland, California)


Regional Transit Plan


Policy plan for 9-county San Francisco Bay Area Region assessing opportunities, benefits and barriers to Transit-Oriented Development in the San Francisco Bay Area


2004 - 2005