Transportation & Community Development

A diverse, walkable community depends on a transportation infrastructure that provides a variety of ways to get around, serving pedestrians and transit-riders as well as drivers. Quality of life is key to the success of any urban community. A good transportation network also relies on healthy communities. This can be affected by housing sites, affordable and convenient transportation, easy access to shopping and services, safety and equity.

CNT promotes research and action on understanding housing and transportation affordability, revitalizing and developing communities and public involvement in shaping policy. CNT has worked on a number of projects designed to encourage community development and promote transportation options.

Why is this important?

  • Housing plus transportation costs give a more complete assessment of affordability than housing costs alone.
  • Transportation costs are driven more by neighborhood characteristics than by the number of people in a household or their income.
  • Places with access to services, walkable destinations, extensive and frequent transit, access to jobs, and density have lower household transportation costs.
  • Creating neighborhoods with housing and transportation affordability requires multiple and targeted strategies and coordination within and across government agencies and the private sector.
  • Underutilized transit station areas present an opportunity to create additional affordable and diverse neighborhoods.

To learn more about CNT’s work in Transportation and Community Development, take a look at our projects, tools and resources on this page.

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A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families

This study reveals the combined housing and transportation cost burdens of households, with a focus on working families at the neighborhood level in 28 metropolitan areas.

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