San José

TOD the Japanese Way

Photo by Flickr user Yoshikazu TAKADA

Japan's privatized rail companies earn up to one-third of their revenue from real estate development around stations, encouraging density around transit and ongoing financial viability. However, this is a model rarely seen in the United States. What lessons can we learn from Japan to apply to California rail systems? How are Bay Area rail companies approaching transit-oriented development on land that they own around their stations?

+ Abby Thorne-Lyman / BART
+ Ron Golem / VTA
+ Brian Fitzpatrick / SamTrans
+ Egon Terplan / SPUR


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