TOD Standard

TOD Standard


Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) 

Type(s) of Tool

PrinciplesSupport sustainability incorporation at institutional or strategic level, less specific than Guidelines.


Urban Planning, Transportation

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics.

Open Source


Language Availability

Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Country of Origin


Date of Development



3.0 (2017)


The TOD (transit-oriented development) Standard focuses on maximizing the benefits of public transit and non-motorized mobility while placing the emphasis firmly back on the users. The standard outlines eight core principles of urban design and land use, each supported by specific performance objectives and easily measurable indicators, or metrics. Together, they promote safe, balanced and vibrant neighborhoods around stations; short and well-connected pedestrian and cycling networks; densities that ensure strong customer bases for local services and public transport; and minimal car traffic and parking interference.

Tool Outcome

The following standards may be attributed towards sustainable urban development projects:
– Gold-standard TOD: rewards urban development projects that are global leaders in all aspects of inclusive walking-, cycling-, and transit oriented urban development
– Silver-standard TOD: marks projects that meet most of the objectives of best practice
– Bronze-standard TOD: indicates projects that satisfy a majority of the objectives of best practice

Sustainability Criteria

The TOD Standards rely on 8 principles for sustainable urban development:
– Walk: Developing neighborhoods that promote walking
– Cycle: Prioritize nonmotorized transport networks
– Connect: Create dense networks of streets and paths
– Transit: Locate development near high-quality public transport
– Mix: Plan for mixed uses, income and demographics
– Densify: Optimize density and match transit capacity
– Compact: Create regions with short transit commutes
– Shift: Increase mobility by regulating parking and road use

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