SNS, RTC host TOD symposium featuring former Transportation Secretary Foxx

Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) hosted a community symposium on transit-oriented development (TOD) last month. The event featured former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds and other national transportation experts to discuss the importance of TOD to Southern Nevada’s economy, mobility and quality of life.

Watch the symposium in its entirety here.

TOD promotes a mixture of housing, office, retail and other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood within a half-mile of public transportation. Serving as a significant catalyst for economic development and investment, TOD will play an integral role in “On Board,” the RTC’s comprehensive plan for the future of transit in Southern Nevada.

More than 250 local leaders and stakeholders attended the April 25 event. These individuals have been involved in a regional conversation about how high-capacity transit can more efficiently move people and encourage economic investment in busy Southern Nevada corridors like Maryland Parkway.

Speakers emphasized how equitable TOD along high-capacity transit routes can help build communities, promote walkable neighborhoods, boost the economy, create housing choices for all income levels and improve the quality of life overall.

Foxx noted that the “permanence of rail tells the real estate community that traffic is going to be there forever. That signal, when coupled with smart zoning and land use decisions, is a recipe for revitalizing an area. It is an opportunity to create economic catalysts off the Strip.”

After the event, RTC General Manager Tina Quigley said, “The RTC will continue to bring together and work with local stakeholders, businesses, and residents to determine how best to build our community, support economic development and ensure the millions of people who travel the valley, including busy corridors like Maryland Parkway, can get around efficiently and safely. Transit-oriented development is the future, and we need to look at transportation as one element of an overall economic plan.”

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association (SNHBA), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Community Health Sciences sponsored the event, with support from the Urban Land Institute of Nevada, Clark County, and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson.