Transit-Oriented Development

Last Updated: 
Aug 16, 2018

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) can create and sustain compact and walkable communities that provide access to opportunities around high-capacity transit.

Creating and Sustaining Thriving Transit Communities

Map of high-capacity transit station areas.

VISION 2050, the region’s long-range plan for growth, focuses greater amounts of growth within regional growth centers and high-capacity transit station areas. The Regional Growth Strategy has an ambitious goal of attracting 65% of population growth and 75% of employment growth to the region’s growth centers and high-capacity transit station areas, leveraging unprecedented investments to expand public transit throughout the region.


High-capacity transit station areas are areas within ½ a mile of existing or planned light rail and streetcar stations, commuter rail stations, ferry terminals, and within ¼ mile of all bus rapid transit stations.

Regional growth centers are mixed-use centers formally designated by PSRC that includes housing, employment, retail and entertainment uses.






VISION 2050 recognizes the need to address the diverse housing, transportation, and economic needs of current and future residents of transit station areas so that all people may prosper as the region grows. Learn more about what the region is doing to advance racial equity.


Providing housing near transit that is affordable to a full range of incomes is critical for creating and sustaining equitable places available to all residents. Learn more about what the region is doing to promote housing affordability and access.

Transit and Communities

Developing compact, complete, and connected communities where people want to live is critical for achieving the equitable growth envisioned in VISION 2050. Resources below provide guidance on planning for equitable transit-supportive communities.

Implementing Equitable Transit Communities (2013)

Toolkit of Strategies and Actions

Transit-Supportive Planning Toolkit

Whole Communities Toolkit


The Regional Transit-Oriented Development Committee advances a broad, multi-stakeholder coalition to support equitable transit-oriented development and the region’s adopted growth strategy. The committee advises the Growth Management Policy Board and meets quarterly.

On a biennial basis, PSRC hosts a TOD focused event. Elected officials and staff from across the region are invited to attend.

PSRC also publishes a newsletter focused on regional TOD news. Sign-up to receive Talkin' TOD, PSRC's TOD newsletter.

Growing Transit Communities

GTC Strategy

Adopted in 2013, Growing Transit Communities Strategy is a three-part implementation plan to promote thriving and equitable transit communities in the central Puget Sound region and to provide tools and resources to implement adopted regional and local plans. The Strategy culminates a cross-sector, consensus-driven, corridor-based planning process. It was the region’s adopted equitable transit-oriented development strategy before the adoption of VISION 2050 in 2020.

Read the Strategy

Executive Summary

Appendix A: Regional Compact

Appendix B: GTC Partnership Program

Appendix C: Study Areas

Appendix D: People + Place Implementation Typology

GTC Monitoring

GTC Resources