The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities (TCRP Report 22)

A 150-page handbook for both transit agencies and communities on how transit/community partnerships can be established to improve the livability of cities and neighborhoods, with over 25 case studies, and a nine minute companion video.


Transit-Friendly Streets: Design and Traffic Management Strategies to Support Livable Communities (TCRP Report 33)

A guide to strategies to balance and integrate transit, traffic, pedestrian and bicycles into urban streets.


The Role of Transit Amenities and Vehicle Characteristics in Building Transit Ridership: Amenities for Transit Handbook and the Transit Design Game Workbook (TCRP Report 46)

A guide to the effective use of amenities at transit stops and on transit vehicles, with a special “game” that transit agencies can use to survey passengers about their preferences and priorities.


How Transportation and Community Partnerships Are Shaping America, Part I: Transit Stops and Stations



How Transportation and Community Partnerships Are Shaping America, Part II: Streets and Roads

A series of case studies about transportation partnerships that rely on the input of people who use and experience a place on a regular basis. The studies focus not only upon the bus stop, street or station itself, but also on how these facilities connect to the surrounding districts and public spaces, thus helping to make these areas more economically stable, safe and productive.


Getting back to Place: Using Streets to Rebuild Communities

This publication focuses on how traffic calming, combined with sensitive solutions, amenities and activities, helps create livable streets and opportunities for community enhancement (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts).

Additional research

In addition to the aforementioned publications, PPS’s numerous previous research studies have resulted in several handbooks that specifically deal with streets and roads. These guides include extensive visual materials that are ideal for illustrating context-sensitive solutions concepts, many of which come from PPS’s comprehensive slide collection. The following is a partial list of these other PPS research projects:

Designing Effective Pedestrian Improvements in Business Districts

– published by the American Planning Association.
This handbook presents case studies and a planning process, prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Streets for All Users

This planning booklet describes a process for evaluating streets in Midtown Manhattan to balance diverse, and intensively used streets and intersections. This study also verified the “time-space” pedestrian analysis method, for the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity Manual.

The Effects of Environmental Design on the Amount and Type of Bicycling and Walking

Based on PPS’s previous experience and research effort examining cases of successful and unsuccessful approaches to enhancing livability by encouraging bicycling and walking. Undertaken on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bicycling and Walking Study.

What Do People Do Downtown?


Handbook and film, developed as training materials for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Main Street Center, on how to improve downtowns and their street environments.

How to Create Great Streets and Public Spaces


This publication reviews PPS’s 11 Principles of Creating Places.

Streetscape – A Guide to the Design and Management of Pedestrian Amenities in Downtowns and Neighborhood Commercial Districts

With assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts, PPS prepared a booklet to assist communities in evaluating and selecting amenities for streets and surrounding public spaces.

The Role Transportation Planning, Engineering and Facilities Can Play in Building Communities and Enhancing Economic Development

Funded by the Surdna Foundation, this policy paper for the Secretary of USDOT concerns the use of a community-based approach to integrating transportation in communities.

PPS books and reports about transportation and Placemaking was last modified: May 3rd, 2012 by Project for Public Spaces
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