Housing and Transit

For more information, check out HDC’s blog for our Housing, Equity, and the Environment series.

Transit Oriented Development

Housing and Transportation are often people’s biggest expenses. As King County grows and our freeways clog, policy makers and urban planners are looking to transit oriented development to capitalize on the intersection and connections of housing and transit. Affordable Housing is often located outside of downtown areas and other job dense areas leading to longer, burdensome commutes for residents. With transit oriented development, people are closer to public transit increasing their use and access while at the same time decreasing the financial burden of private transit options. On this page you’ll find research on the benefits of Transit Oriented Development, examples of projects, and programs trying to leverage the intersection of housing and transit to develop surrounding lands, to connect communities,and increase choice.

Recent Articles:

Seattle Raises the Equity Bar on Transit-Oriented Development

Alongside New Light Rail Stations, Seattle Plans Affordable Housing


Smart Growth and Transportation (EPA)
Why TOD And Why Now
Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Developments
King County Transit Oriented Developments
Sound Transit Development Policy
Connected Communities: Linking Affordable Housing and Transportation
Affordable Housing and Transit should go hand-in-hand

TOD Report  

Moving Forward:

  • Support policy that expands TOD oppotunities
  • Advocate for expansion of programs that supplement public transit costs for low income residents
  • Look into opportunities for RFPs for land near transit sites
  • Reach out to HDC to join our TOD Taskforce