AOS Architects, Charlier and Associates, and Roy Wroth Urbanism + Planning partnered on the Santa Fe Rail Corridor Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Study, which received a 2008 Urban Design Honor Award from AIA Santa Fe. A community-based study commissioned by the City of Santa Fe, the project identified transit-related opportunities for affordability and accessibility along the new RailRunner regional rail corridor in Santa Fe.
The project team developed scenarios for future local service along the rail corridor, to enhance residential neighborhoods in the corridor. Significant elements of the Study included incorporating the newly established Sustainable Santa Fe guidelines, recommending revisions to the City’s mixed use and highway corridor codes, and developing urban designs for neighborhoods to encourage pedestrian friendly infill development strategies.
The Santa Fe Rail Corridor Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Study also included a large community outreach component, incorporating the concerns and aspirations of Santa Fe citizens who often felt alienated by the aggressive schedule of the NM Department of Transportation’s construction schedule for the RailRunner. Throughout this 6-month process we developed the public input process, organized and facilitated the community workshops and attended Planning Commission and City Council meetings to develop recommendations for what transit-oriented development may mean specifically for the City of Santa Fe. This required a re-evaluation of “best practices” TOD principles to be specifically geared toward the particular flavor and concerns of Santa Fe and our citizens.