How Far Would You Walk to Transit?

The question of how far people will walk to reach a transit stop has a pretty significant impact on the shape of cities. American urban planners conventionally draw that line at about a half-mile. Some guidelines pull it back to a quarter-mile, while others adjust the distance for bus stops (typically a quarter-mile) and train stations (typically a half-mile), but the consensus holds that no one makes it farther than half a mile that on foot.

New research unveiled at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, suggests that some cities' TOD footprint could be extended up to a mile.


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