Leaders in Rail: Residents key to TOD projects

Delegates agree that transit oriented developments (TOD) can provide a significant dynamic for the future

Geoff Leffeck and Graeme Bampton.
Geoff Leffeck and Graeme Bampton.

Delegates at this year’s Summit universally agreed that in the face of vital rail development in the GCC, transit-oriented developments (TOD) provide a significant dynamic for the future. Many have touted TODs as financially beneficial when considering the scale of rail projects planned in the region over the next two decades.

The success of transit-oriented developments in numerous other regions across the world highlights how beneficial they could be to the GCC and its expanding rail industry, said Geoff Leffek, regional rail director at Arcadis.

“In order to support urban growth in the GCC, city leaders must make multi-functional neighbourhoods with efficient transport-hubs a priority,” he said.

Once these rail systems are implemented, a shift in focus to sustaining high levels of rail patronage becomes a necessity.

Graeme Bampton, rail technical director, Middle East, Aurecon, addedd: “Attractive transit hubs alone can flourish, whether it’s because they are well designed to operate efficiently, or because they have become an iconic structure in the area. Taking an integrated approach to developing the hub and its surrounding area can deliver economical, social, and environmental benefits.”

Leffek added: “Increasing ridership firstly comes down to carefully selecting the location of the transit hub, and then, ensuring comfort, convenience, and reliability for all its passengers.”

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