Knowledge Note

"Learn how Transit-Oriented Development improves the economic performance and urban livability of cities as they grow."

The way in which a city is structured impacts its sustainability. With rapid urbanization, cities have a short window of opportunity to shape themselves to best accommodate their current and future citizens.

A central challenge for rapidly growing cities is strained transport networks, with traffic congestion and pollution representing a major constraint to continued economic growth and access to opportunities. One way to address this challenge is through Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), which is a multidisciplinary planning and design strategy to promote sustainable urban development.

This snapshot brief- produced by the Transport Global Practice of the World Bank Group- details the central theory behind TOD, while also providing examples of how TOD has been implemented within the World Bank Group’s many urban planning projects around the world. To read more about the Transport Global Practice and its projects, please click here.