The following case studies highlight innovative approaches to improving community quality of life through transportation investments. They are categorized according to the six livability principles of the HUD/DOT/EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. A seventh category for cross-cutting innovative approaches to fostering livability is also included:
Provide more transportation choices
Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.
- Billings, MT - Connecting Bicycle and Pedestrian Networks (PDF, 283KB)
- Cheyenne, WY - Integrating Land Use, Transportation, and Parks and Open Space (PDF, 284KB)
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: Coordinated Stakeholder Engagement in the Dallas-Fort Worth Region Spurs Active Transportation Facilities (PDF, 127 KB)
- Greenwood, MS - Comprehensive Planning for a More Balanced Transportation Network (PDF, 4.4MB)
- Knoxville, TN – Bicycle Program - Validating Alternative Modes of Travel (PDF, 275KB)
- Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Improving Highway Operations to Support Livable Communities (PDF, 110KB)
- Minneapolis, MN - Counting Pedestrian and Bicyclists to Better Manage the Transportation System (PDF 271 KB)
- San Francisco, CA - Highly Connected Streets to Support Livability (PDF, 130KB)
- San Francisco, CA One Bay Area Grant Program – San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) (PDF, 132 KB)
- Seattle, WA - Improving access to real-time multimodal travel information (PDF, 173KB)
- St. Louis, MO - Multimodal Transportation Initiatives to Support Livability (PDF, 110KB)
Promote equitable, affordable housing
Expand location – and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.
Enhance economic competitiveness
Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers, as well as expanded business access to markets.
Support existing communities
Target federal funding toward existing communities-through strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling - to increase community revitalization and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.
- Atlanta, GA – Supporting Plans for a Better Quality of Life (PDF, 456KB)
- California, Tennessee, and Washington - Connecting State DOT Planning and Local Community Goals
- Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – Preserving Community Character Amid a Roadway Redesign (PDF, 345KB)
- Raleigh, NC - Comprehensive Planning for a Multimodal Transportation Network (PDF, 305KB)
- Wilmington, DE - Providing for and Working with an Expanding Community (PDF, 276KB)
Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment
Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy.
Value communities and neighborhoods
Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods–rural, urban, or suburban.
- Hailey, ID – Implementing a Complete Streets Approach to Improve Safety for All (PDF, 224KB)
- Collinsville, OK - Active Transportation Partnerships for the Cherokee Nation
- Letcher County, KY – Reaching Consensus on a Long-Standing, Highly Controversial Project (PDF, 216KB)
- Maine’s Mid–Coast – An Innovative, Community-Led Land Use and Transportation Planning Project (PDF, 185KB)
- Missoula, MT - Connecting Transportation and Land Use to Support Livable Communities (PDF, 119KB)
- New York City, NY - Improve Pedestrian Safety for Seniors (PDF, 1MB)
Innovative approaches to fostering livability