Retooling Places and Leveraging Transit: Overcoming Funding and Coordination Challenges to Build a Better Region

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December 6, 2011
December 7, 2011
Rachel MacCleery

The ULI Infrastructure Initiative, in cooperation with ULI Atlanta, convened this forum in December, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The forum explored how best to approach the infrastructure needed for compact growth in suburban centers and corridors. It identified trends in the use of traditional infrastructure funding tools, and explored new approaches being used by regions and projects, including the use of special tax assessment districts.

Case studies included transit oriented developments in Dallas, an infrastructure partnership in Maryland, community improvement districts in Atlanta, and the Atlanta Beltline. In preparation for a July, 2012 vote by the Atlanta region to dedicate a 1 penny sales tax increase to transportation, forum participants engaged in a mock debate.


Site Tour of the Cumberland Community Improvement District

Emerging Projects: An Examination of Two Places
This panel discussed two case studies—White Flint, in Montgomery County, MD, and Perimeter Center, in Atlanta. How are developers thinking about transit, and rethinking how roads and other infrastructure function and should be paid for?

  • Francine Waters, Managing Director, Lerner (PDF)
  • Donna Adams Mahaffey, Chief of External Affairs, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts
  • John Heagy, Vice President, Hines (PDF)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Expansion
DART and its partners have developed a unique approach to planning transit expansions, including an innovative development rating system and value capture techniques. The panel discussed how these tools have been applied in Dallas, and lessons for elsewhere.

  • David Leininger, Chief Financial Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (PDF)
  • Jack Wierzenski, Director of Economic Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (PDF)
  • Gary Slagel, Former Mayor of Richardson, Texas (PDF)


The Atlanta BeltLine
The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the nation’s most ambitious transit and open space investment programs. BeltLine President and CEO Brian Leary shared updates on progress and funding needs.

  • Brian Leary, President and CEO, Atlanta BeltLine (PDF)

Referendums to Fund Transit- What Works and Why?
Panelists discussed what’s at stake with a transportation vote in Atlanta, and shared lessons learned from other transit ballot campaigns.

  • Jason Jordan, Director, Center for Transportation Excellence (PDF)
  • Kathleen Osher, Executive Director, Transit Alliance, Denver (PDF)
  • Jim Stokes, Interim Executive Director, Livable Communities Coalition of Metro Atlanta (PDF)

Additional Files

Event Flyer (PDF)

Forum Agenda (PDF)

Leveraging Transit to Remake Suburbia. Urban Land. December 15, 2011.