Transit-oriented development, parking and NMT.

Urban design, zoning, parking, and NMT

Far East BRT's approach to TOD and NMT

We aim to ensure that world class station access and station area development is incorporated into BRT planning. We approach BRT projects from the outset as urban development, non-motorized transport (NMT) and transit-oriented development (TOD) projects with transformational potential. We aim to support the implementation of world class NMT and TOD projects and related policies, focusing on BRT station area zoning, urban design and access, and BRT corridor development. We support the integration of land use and transportation especially focused along urban development 'demonstration' corridors centered around high capacity BRT systems. Far East BRT also documents best practices and impacts of TOD and NMT measures. Our work on TOD and NMT integrated with BRT is supported by a contract with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Basic concept of BRT station area development, including a special zone around BRT stations (source: Li Yang).

Documentation of best practices in urban development

TOD and urban development best practice case studies are documentedhere,including the following:

Greenfield/Brownfield ---- OCT, Shenzhen
Transit node ---- Shipaiqiao, Guangzhou
Mass transit ---- Guangzhou BRT
Waterways ---- Donghaochong greenway
Historical quarter revitalization ---- Lizhiwan canal, Guangzhou
Urban village regeneration ---- Tangxia Village, Guangzhou
Housing estate revitalization ---- Liuyun Xiaoqu, Guangzhou.

NMT and Complete Streets

"Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities" (definition from Smart Growth America). Far East BRT works on road design and planning including complete streets and high quality pedestrian & bicycle facilities and policies, often as part of a BRT project.


Far East BRT's earlier work on TOD was done while working for ITDP, and included intensive inputs to TOD planning along BRT corridors in Guangzhou, Lanzhou, and Yichang, as well as to BRT systems in planning in Vientiane, Johor Bahru, Tianjin, and other cities. More recently Far East BRT's TOD inputs are concentrated in Ji'an (early stages), Ulaanbaatar (as part of the BRT planning), and Guiyang (also as part of ongoing BRT planning).

Far East BRT supports these TOD principles (graphics by ITDP).