Reports and Publications

CitiesThe opportunities and tensions of historic preservation and transit oriented development (TOD)
Cities 2019
The article examines two research questions concerning historic preservation and TOD. First, what are the opportunities for and challenges to developing TODs in historic areas? Second, what tools have been useful to preservationists, planners, developers, and communities for preserving historic buildings in TOD locations? Includes case studies in six communities nationally. Read the article
Risk and Economic Development in the Provision of Public Infrastructure
Journal of Environmental Protection
In established or stable communities, the replacement of existing infrastructure, where it is no longer economical to operate, is deteriorated to a point where replacement is more cost effective than repairs due to wear, neglect or environmental conditions, or where the infrastructure no longer serves its intended purpose or meets regulatory standards, must be pursued. As a result, many established utilities have capital plans that contain many such replacement projects. The question is how much investment should be made. Read the article
Policing and SocietyPolicing and Society
An International Journal of Research and Policy
Despondent officer narratives and the ‘post- Ferguson’ effect: exploring law enforcement perspectives and strategies in a southern American state Read the article
Transport Policy -
Accessibility analysis for transportation projects and plans
From the perspective of speed, these roadway investments are working; but from the perspective of how many useful destinations can be reached, this study of San Antonio finds that typical radial highway investments may not offer any net benefits. Read the article
Research in Transportation EconomicsInfluence of Infill Development on Travel Behavior 2018This study examines the influence of a large-scale, infill development, Atlantic Station, which opened in 2005 just west of Midtown Atlanta. The study uses propensity scores and differences-in-differences research designs to identify how travel patterns changed for new residents and for existing residents of the area around Atlantic Station. Read the article
Research in Transportation EconomicsResearch in Transportation Economics Editorial
As cities continue to grapple with the expansion of rail systems, finding alternative methods such as value capture and private sources for rail, economic development and the location of firms and households, and the impacts of infill development, these papers provide scholars, public and private sector professionals with evidence to guide practice and future research. Read the Editorial
The State of Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida is the subject of a new report prepared by FAU's Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. The State of Downtown West Palm Beach 2018 With research by CUES director and associate professor Dr. John L. Renne and graduate research assistant Amanda Kerns, this report examines population characteristics, provides a market analysis, walkability and placemaking ratings, and a comparison of Downtown West Palm Beach to 46 other downtowns across the United States. Read the report
Abacoa Spring Training Survey Report 2017In March 2017, the Abacoa Partnership for Community (APC), with assistance from the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, conducted an intercept survey of people in Downtown Abacoa before and after spring training games. The goal of the survey was to determine more about attendees of spring training baseball games, their impact on the local economy, and their opinions. Download the report
TOD and Ports Research ReportTransit-Oriented Development and Ports: National Analysis across the United States and a Case Study of New Orleans
Planning for freight and passenger transportation systems has largely been uncoordinated, and integrating TOD into the mix makes the process even more complex, but it is vital. The study examines the extent that freight and passenger transportation planning overlap within the context of transit-oriented developments (TODs) near ports. This study also includes a case study of New Orleans. Read TOD Ports & Last Mile
Evacuation Preparedness Rating System Poster-Estefania MayorgaEvacuation Preparedness Poster presented at Florida APA Annual Conference - September 2017Historically, vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by ineffective evacuation planning. The Evacuation Preparedness Rating System includes five dimensions to assess the evacuation plans of the 50 largest US cities. View the poster
Palm Beach County Internal Trip Capture StudyPalm Beach County Internal Trip Capture Study For Mixed Use Developments
Accurately estimating the proportion of trips captured internally by MXDs is vitally important if communities are to accurately assess their traffic impacts and “reward” such projects through lower exactions and development fees or expedited project approvals. Download the study
Journal of Public Transportation Comparing Automated Shared Taxis and Conventional Bus Transit for a Small City
This study compared two hypothetical automated vehicle transit scenarios with the current bus transit system for serving the transit passengers of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a typical fall weekday in 2013. Download the study
The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities
Final Report
July 2017
The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities is a community engagement activity designed to foster coastal resilience and livable communities in South Florida.
The cities of Hollywood and West Palm Beach participated in the inaugural FAU Incubator on April 25-26, 2017. Read the 2017 FAU Incubator Report
Housing Policy DebateHousing Policy Debate
-Make Rail (and Transit-Oriented Development) Great Again
April 2017
This article examines the experiment of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and lessons from Australia, London, Denver (Colorado), and Florida aimed at fostering new models of private financing of rail infrastructure, which include transit-oriented development (TOD). Make Rail (and Transit-Oriented Development) Great Again
Transportation and Land Development--A Global ViewResearch in Transportation Economics - Transportation & Land Development: A Global View
December 2016
The production of this issue of Research in Transportation Economics
was a partnership with the Transportation Research Board
(TRB) of the National Academies' Standing Committee on Transportation and Land Development (ADD30). The articles are global in scope and include studies from Canada, China, Peru, Thailand and
the United States. Read the editorial |
Read: Transit commuting, the network accessibility effect, and the built environment in station areas across the United States
Transport Policy -
Project-level accessibility analysis for land-use planning
September 2016
This article proposes an elasticity-based metric of accessibility that can enable project-level evaluation of land-development projects as an accessibility-based alternative to traffic-impact analysis. Project-level accessibility analysis for land-use planning
Housing Policy DebateHousing Policy Debate - Special Issue: Location Affordability
Background, Outline, Emerging Themes, and
Implications for Housing and Transportation Policy Read the editorial
The Cost and Affordability Paradox of Transit-
Oriented Development: A Comparison of Housing
and Transportation Costs Across Transit-Oriented
Development, Hybrid and Transit-Adjacent
Development Station Typologies. Download the article
Abacoa Socioeconomic StudySocio-Economic Community Profile for Abacoa, Florida
This analysis examines specific demographic, transit, and economic data in order to gain insight to the current socio-economic characteristics of Abacoa residents. Abacoa Socioeconomic Study
European Financial ReviewEuropean Financial Review article by John Renne
August 2016
Changing Preferences for Transportation and Transit-Oriented Communities Signal a Gradual Move to a Post-Oil Based Society Read the article
Abacoa Green Building Certification ReportAbacoa (Jupiter, FL)
Florida Green Building Coalition -
Land Development Certification Report
Located in Jupiter, Florida, Abacoa is a 2,055-acre master planned, mixed-use community based on the concepts and principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development.
FAU professors and graduate students worked closely with the Abacoa Partnership for Community (APC) to apply for certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. More information HERE
Journal of Transport Geography
Book Review of "Rail and the City: Shrinking Our Carbon Footprint While Reimagining Urban Space" 2014.
The writing of this book is accessible and examples are useful to any
students, local communities or sponsors of projects. Read the Book Review
How affordable is HUD Housing?Housing Policy Debate How Affordable is HUD Affordable Housing?
This article assesses the affordability of U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance properties from the perspective
of transportation costs. Read the article
Guide to Facilitate Historic Preservation through TOD

Guide to Facilitate Historic Preservation through TOD
This guidebook aims to help you better understand the TOD–historic
preservation interaction. It also aims to help you understand the tensions and opportunities of this interaction, and provides tools to coordinate both. Download the guide