Leaders in Rail: MODe can increase urban ridership

Aracdis’s Geoff Leffek reveals how Transit Oriented Designs can deliver measurable social and economic benefits

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As urbanisation paces ahead across the globe, it is essential that neighbourhoods deliver high levels of economic, environmental, and social benefits to residents and investors alike. In order to provide a good quality of life and access to healthy and sustainable environments, a framework is required to support this urban growth.

Mobility-oriented development (MODe) is a performance-driven approach for creating mixed use and multi-model urban environments, at and around transportation hubs in rapidly densifying cities.

This framework helps deliver the best possible outcomes for the prosperity and health of citizens, predicting measurable social and economic benefits, and maximising the return on investment in urban mobility.

The priority for city leaders must, therefore, be to develop multi-functional neighbourhoods with an optimised population density. The population then needs the ability to move around quickly and easily, with a choice of how to do so. An efficient transportation system with multiple modes of transport is at the heart of all cities of the future. Stations act as the connecting point between the rail system and neighbourhoods, thus becoming the place where everything comes together.

The design, location, and operations of a station can strongly affect passenger convenience and safety, as well as ridership levels and frequency. Careful consideration of location and design can elevate stations to become important civic icons of any city.

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