Want higher property values and lower transportation costs? Move within half a mile of transit.

Neighborhoods located within a half mile of public transit services outperformed those in areas farther from public transit based on a number of factors, according to a report released by APTA and NAR.

Left to right, APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA Chair and General Manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Nuria Fernandez, NAR 2019 First Vice President Charlie Oppler and New York State Association of Realtors 2019 President Moses Seuram.
Left to right, APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA Chair and General Manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Nuria Fernandez, NAR 2019 First Vice President Charlie Oppler and New York State Association of Realtors 2019 President Moses Seuram.

A report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) highlights the positive impact public transportation has on real estate values, transportation costs and overall quality of life.   

The report, “The Real Estate Mantra – Locate Near Public Transportation,” was unveiled at a Monday press conference held during APTA’s 2019 TRANSform Conference. The report explored seven metropolitan regions including Boston, Mass.; Eugene, Ore.; Hartford, Conn.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Seattle, Wash., that provide access to heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit. The report found that residential properties within these areas had a higher median sale price of 4-24 percent between 2012 and 2016. Commercial property values also experienced gains in the studied cities, where four of the regions saw median sales price per square foot increase between five and 42 percentage points in areas close to public transit.

Data also showed that residents of transit-oriented areas experience lower transportation costs, have higher access to jobs and are less likely to own cars. Transportation costs in transit-oriented areas are significantly lower than other regions, with an average annual savings of $2,500 to $4,400 for the typical household. One in four households in close proximity to transit do not own a vehicle, according to the study.

The seven sample areas were examined by residential and commercial sales performance, rent, neighborhood characteristics, local government interventions and housing affordability for properties near transit.

"Public transit’s benefits go beyond moving people from point A to point B,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “Public transportation is a valuable investment in our communities, our businesses, and our country. Public transportation gets people to jobs and educational opportunities and helps businesses attract employees and customers.”

“Access to public transportation is a hugely valuable community amenity that increases the functionality and attractiveness of neighborhoods, making nearby communities more desirable places to live, work and raise a family,” said NAR 2019 First Vice President Charlie Oppler, who spoke at Monday’s press conference. “The results of our report, conducted over multiple years alongside the American Public Transportation Association, should reiterate to policymakers at all levels of government the importance of investing in modern, efficient infrastructure that facilitates growth and helps our nation keep pace in a rapidly evolving world.”

Neighborhoods with high-frequency public transportation are in high demand. While property values and rents have risen, contributing to a healthy local economy, the rapidly increasing demand for housing near public transit has resulted in constrained housing supplies.

“As the conversation surrounding housing affordability continues, public transportation agencies are critical allies in working with elected officials and community leaders in the effort to increase housing opportunities and maximize value around stations,” said Skoutelas.

The full study can be found at apta.com/real-estate.


Source: American Public Transportation Association

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