Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) promote the creation of sustainable communities by establishing residential, commercial and leisure space within walking distance of public transport. TODs are an important part of the urban fabric of a city.

At SMEC, we are passionate and committed to making a meaningful impact on our communities and environment. Our global team has successfully worked within rigorous development frameworks to deliver global best practice solutions for transport orientated developments. Through ambitious station developments such as Crows Nest Station in Sydney or Cox’s Bazar Railway south-eastern Bangladesh, SMEC has built and iconic portfolio of activated and environmentally sustainable station precincts that incorporate the latest smart technology solutions.



What makes TODs successful?

During our research and engagement, a number of key factors emerged as key to successful development. There are 12 identified principles of successful TODs.

Technical Principal – Transport Planning & Advisory Steven Piotrowski  explains “For a TOD to be successful it needs integrated urban land use and transport planning, a rich diversity of uses, sensible scale and density while reducing the primacy of cars and maximising connectivity to public transport. As our population continues to grow, improving the amenity of our urban environment will be crucial in creating cities which are sustainable, liveable, safer and healthier environments.”


Priority Locations – Where would TODs work now?

The report unveiled the top five priority locations in Perth – Leederville, Cottesloe, Maylands, Bayswater, and Burswood. Assessed and scored against multiple factors such as housing, movement, amenities, employment, and urban ecology, each location emerged as a standout choice for a TOD.


Integrating land use, infrastructure and transport planning

The report emphasises the importance of constructing housing and amenities around existing public transport systems to accommodate population growth and meet residents’ preferences for desirable suburbs. The integration of land use, infrastructure and transport planning is fundamental to urban growth and no less so in the case of planning and developing TODs.

Additionally, the report identified challenges in governance and outlined policy responses to overcome the barriers to successful TOD’s.

TODs foster vibrant, accessible communities by concentrating urban planning around efficient public transportation systems, promoting sustainable living, reducing car dependency, and enhancing social interaction. Our comprehensive study aims to guide key stakeholders in Perth to align visions and improve planning systems to deliver improved outcomes – creating and connecting communities for present and future generations to thrive.”
———— Louise Round, Principal Planner - Transport Planning & Advisory



About the Authors

Louise Round

Louise Round has over 30 years’ experience in traffic engineering, road safety and infrastructure development in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Louise has worked in consultancies, state and local government, which gives her a good understanding of the demands on the public sector.  Louise works extensively with Local Authorities and Government Agencies focusing on the delivery of transportation projects: from planning and concept design and stakeholder negotiation through to award of construction contracts.

Louise has high level report writing skills based on the researching of information, accessing all relevant resources, and then structuring and analysing information using appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools.

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Steven Piotrowski

Steven Piotrowski is a Technical Principal – Transport Modelling with SMEC based in Perth, Western Australia. He has a unique range of experience in transport planning, finance and property.

Steven has more than thirty years of experience in transport planning, transport modelling, public transport planning and traffic engineering in Canada, the UK and Australia.  He has also undertaken consulting assignments in New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Steven is a Fellow of Engineers, Australia and of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM).  Steven is a member of the AITPM’s national transport modelling network (TMN).

Steven Piotrowski | LinkedIn