Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 520–524 | Cite as

How participatory planning processes for transit-oriented development contribute to social sustainability

  • Blanca Fernandez MilanEmail author


Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a relatively recent neighbourhood development concept associated with the three dimensions of urban sustainability (environmental, economic and social). Traditionally, TOD has been associated with environmental and economic benefits. Recent research has shown evidence of positive social outcomes related to the spatial characteristics of TOD areas. But the social sustainability that can be drawn from TOD interventions may multiply when designed through participatory planning processes. Here, I combine TOD literature with that of collaborative urban planning to highlight the potential of participatory TOD for urban social sustainability.


Transit-oriented development Bus rapid transit Public transport accessibility levels Urban sustainability Public transport services Public participation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) gGmbHBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Climate Change EconomicTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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