Assessing Neighborhood and Social Influences of Transit Corridors (Research Brief)


Yingling Fan, Andrew Guthrie

October 2012

Report no. CTS Research Brief 2012-05

This two-page document summarizes a study that assessed how residents and businesses along transit corridors in the Twin Cities perceive neighborhood changes caused by transitways.

Key findings include:

  • The majority of residents and businesses in transitway corridors have a positive view of transit induced neighborhood change. The extent of positive neighborhood change that transitway corridor residents and businesses anticipate varies widely from corridor to corridor.
  • People with any experience using light-rail transit, frequent transit users, and transit-dependent riders all have overwhelmingly positive attitudes regarding transit-induced neighborhood change
  • Racial differences in perceptions of transit-induced neighborhood change do exist, with specific groups on certain corridors having markedly more negative or positive views than others.
  • Five key strategies may help address negative perceptions and possible negative impacts of transit-induced neighborhood change: address misperceptions, engage the neutrals, play to the strengths, include transit users, and conduct community-sensitive planning.

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