Walk Circle

Most people are willing to walk for about 10 minutes, or roughly half a mile, to access a rail transit station. Therefore, planning for transit-oriented development focuses on the area within half a mile of a station - drawn on maps as the walk circle, with the station at its center. Within the walk circle, the process seeks opportunities to locate additional transit riders going to new destinations, such as jobs, shops, and housing.
The Walk Circle

Principles of Transit-Oriented Development


  • Create a compact mix of land uses around transit stations that support, and benefit from, transit service
  • Design the station area as a civic amenity and a recognizable place in the community.
  • Place highest-intensity development nearest to the transit station
  • Provide direct pedestrian routes to the station
  • Use transit to shape the growth of community centers