TOD Database

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Created by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD), the National TOD database is provides detailed population data for every existing and proposed fixed guideway transit station in the United States (as of October 2011). This allows planners and other government officials to learn about the population at a particular station, compare stations, and see how demographics around stations have changed over time.

How it Works

The TOD Database aggregates economic and demographic data at the levels of single transit zone, collection of transit zones, or larger transit region. All of this information is accessible in a simple map format. Data is drawn from six sources:

  • US Decennial Census, 2000
  • US Decennial Census, 2010
  • American Community Survey, 2005-09 5 Year Estimates
  • Census Transportation Planning Package, 2000
  • Local Employment Dynamics, 2002- 2009
  • Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

Selecting a station allows the user to view a variety of reports, including journey to work, vehicle ownership, household income, and more. You can also create a custom report by picking individual datasets from each of the six sources and combining them. These reports can be downloaded in Word, Excel, or CSV format. Additionally, you can download CSV file containing names and locations of all stations in a region.


Transit Operators

Because the database contains information for stations all across California, transit operators can use it to benchmark their own performance against agencies in other parts of the state. Station area profiles can be used to create station typologies and enhance site targeting.

Transportation Planners

Planners can use the mode to work and Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) information included in the database to analyze travel trends across various demographics.

Case Study

In Los Angeles, CTOD worked with Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metro to analyze the city's current and proposed rail stations. CTOD created a typology in which stations were sorted based on the number of residents and workers in the half mile radius around stations and mix of land uses. This typology was useful in determining what areas should be prioritized for development. The report found that the land around stations in LA is generally highly developed, but there is room for the city to provide increase active transportation infrastructure.