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The TOD Standard is, first, a condensed policy brief. It lays out the core principles of inclusive TOD, based on ITDP’s Principles of Urban Development for Transport in Urban Life, and identifies the key concrete objectives that are essential to implementing these principles in urban development.

Second, the TOD Standard is a unique assessment tool available to score the plans and products of urban development according to their adherence to the TOD principles and implementation objectives.

Finally, the TOD Standard includes a recognition system that awards bronze, silver, and gold status to built development projects that have strong performance toward the TOD objectives and embody the TOD principles.


As a reference that maps the most essential TOD principles, implementation objectives, and concrete attributes that a development should have, the TOD Standard is a resource for all actors engaged in, or affected by, the processes of urban development. These actors include civic leaders, decision makers, legislators, regulators, and policy makers; government agencies and technical staff; developers and investors; professional planners; engineers and designers; grassroots groups; equitable and sustainable development advocates; and interested citizens.

Developers and designers can use the TOD Standard scoring system on projects in the planning or design phases to identify gaps and opportunities for TOD improvement. Planners can use it to help identify priority areas for investment and densification or for corrective action. Citizens and civil society organizations can make use of the TOD Standard to rate existing conditions or redevelopment proposals and advocate for higher-standard transit-oriented communities in the places where people live and work.


This third version of the TOD Standard is structured by the same eight principles as the previous two versions, published in 2013 and 2014. Many metrics have received minor updates to clarify instructions, improve the experience of the assessors, and correct occasional gaps in proxy metric performance.

The most substantial revisions were made to the MIX Principle, which has been significantly reinforced from 15 to 25 points, and particularly to its second objective, which focuses on the mix in demographics and income ranges (Objective 5.B). The affordable housing metric under this implementation objective has doubled its maximum points, to a total of eight, and two new metrics were added to examine and score the protection of pre-existing households and small businesses and services on a redevelopment project site. The upgrading of slums and informal settlements is now explicitly mentioned as a legitimate TOD project.


The TOD Standard is governed by the Technical Committee, convened by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). The Technical Committee comprises globally-renowned experts on the integration of land use, urban design and transport planning. This committee guides, reviews and validates the technical elements of the TOD Standard, and recommends revisions as needed. The Committee is solely authorized to certify urban development projects.

Members include:

B.R. Balachandran, Alchemy Urban Systems
Robert Cevero, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Elizabeth Deakin, University of California, Berkeley
Gerald Ollivier, World Bank Group
Michael King, BuroHappold Engineering
Luc Nadal, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Carlosfelipe Pardo, Despacio
Peter Park, College of Architecture and PlanningUniversity of Colorado Denver
Hiroaki Suzuki, ConsultantWorld Bank Group 

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