Transit Supportive Development Along Bus CorridorsOpportunities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Publication - Feb. 13, 2020 - By Janelle Lee, Carolyn Kim

Continued investments in public transit and building a diversity of housing types within walking distance of transit stations and corridors, known as transit-supportive development (TSD), will be critical as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area grows. This report studies opportunities in the GTHA for mid-density housing development, particularly around bus corridors, and benefits these investments can bring.

Although the focus of TSD policies often revolve around pairing high-density housing with subways and light rail transit, investments in bus rapid transit and mid-density housing can be equally important. Mid-density housing, such as row houses, duplexes, and low-rise apartments, can help increase housing supply and choice, while promoting walkability and staying true to the residential character of many neighbourhoods. Bus services also play an integral role in connecting people and places in the GTHA and the opportunity to accommodate gentle growth along bus corridors should not be overlooked.


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