Commentary

The Myth of the Transit-Oriented City

Is there such a thing as a transit oriented city? Not if you look at travel patterns in New York City. Even NY’s transportatin planners recognize that the city is a walking city, not a transit city. But this is true only for Manhattan. Outside of Manhattan, the automobile dominates travel for most kinds of trips in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. See my more detailed assessment on Planetizen Interchange.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.