Joint Development Opportunities

As part of a holistic approach to developing a more robust multi-modal transit, VIA is exploring joint/transit oriented development options that will reinforce the opportunity for agency revenue at transit facilities, augment the tax base in the inner city, and provide a range of housing options near transit.

Program Description & Goals

The VIA Joint Development Program is designed to secure the most appropriate private and/or public sector development that is physically or operationally related to VIA’s transit facilities. VIA’s joint development program seeks to:

  • Provide transportation related services and conveniences;

  • Provide pedestrian oriented development and create a sense of place around a transit facility that is compatible with the nature, scale and culture and character of the surrounding community;

  • Include a mix of uses that will enhance land use and economic development goals of the immediate and surrounding communities, and regional development plans;

  • Achieve the highest levels of quality in terms of urban and architectural design;

  • Generate economic development benefits through job creation and additional revenue for the local economy;

  • Reduce auto use and congestion through encouragement of transit-linked development; and

  • Promote involvement of local interests in the location, design, function and operation of joint development to the extent reasonable and appropriate.

Procurement staff attends networking functions and meets with vendors to maintain awareness of new and emerging products and services. VIA’s Procurement department issues more than 20,000 purchase orders and awards more than 80 formal contracts per year. Procurement staff work with nearly every department and division within VIA.

Background

project evaluation

In order to determine whether a project supports the purpose and goals of the VIA Joint Development program, the evaluation of each project will include an examination of:

  • Land Use classifications

  • Ridership Enhancement

  • Planning & Design

  • Zoning designations

  • Vehicular/Multi-modal LOS

  • Economic Development

  • Density

  • Pedestrian Activity

  • Revenue Generation