Successful transit connects great places.

Together, transportation infrastructure and transit-oriented development (TOD) can positively transform communities by making neighborhoods more accessible, generating revenue for transit agencies, and stimulating private investment. However, this social and economic value is not guaranteed, as funding gaps and competing priorities can create barriers to new investment. To overcome these challenges, we work with municipalities, transit agencies, and real estate developers to produce viable development plans that attract investment, support community cohesion and promote equitable growth.


Our nationally-recognized team of former transit agency executives and real estate experts will help you secure funding for transportation infrastructure projects and integrate development with all modes of transit.


To get the most out of transit-oriented development, property owners must ensure their development is financially feasible and responsive to both community desires and local market conditions. We bridge the gap between public and private priorities to structure real estate transactions that minimize risk, respond to market forces, and support public objectives through the development of transit-adjacent sites.


Transit investment presents a tremendous opportunity for municipalities to revitalize neighborhoods or spark regional economic growth. Harnessing that potential, however, presents challenges for cities seeking to preserve affordable housing and commercial spaces. By creating comprehensive development roadmaps to guide land-use, zoning, real-estate, and incentives, HR&A helps ensure transit benefits all residents.


Infrastructure investments require significant financial and political capital to move forward. We produce compelling economic benefits cases and funding strategies to help cities and transit agencies advocate and secure funding for transportation. We also provide solutions for business planning, governance, and operations of transportation infrastructure through public-private partnership structures that ensure the long-term financial sustainability and success of these investments.


Inform development plans through analysis of demographics, economics, real estate market dynamics, and regulatory conditions and incentives.

Frame and build a compelling case for project benefits through an assessment of economic, fiscal, and other impacts to inform decision-making and build public support.

Develop roadmaps for governance, financing, and partnerships that align market potential with economic development, land-use, and other policy goals.

Help clients navigate the process of selecting the best private development partner for their project, including outreach to developers, drafting solicitations, and providing advice and analysis for evaluation.

Review and confirm development programs, costs, and economic offers, and negotiate term sheets to support development agreements.

Prepare strategic plans for infrastructure projects and systems, including innovative transportation such as autonomous vehicles, aerial gondolas, and road-pricing systems; and create business plans for the development, governance and ongoing operations of infrastructure assets.

Featured Projects

Solicitation & Transaction Management for the Transbay Transit Center

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority engaged HR&A to identify the appropriate public-private partnership structure and solicitation process that would attract the right operating partner for an iconic piece of American infrastructure.

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Development Guidelines for the Crenshaw-LAX Light Rail Corridor

Los Angeles Metro

Metro engaged HR&A to support the development of program and design guidelines that incorporate broad community objectives – like community development, economic development, and multi-modal mobility – into joint development projects along the Crenshaw/LAX light rail corridor.

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Joint-Development and Affordable Housing Policy Analysis

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

Five years into the implementation of its newly adopted TOD guidelines, MARTA’s sought to assess the program to ensure its effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. Through a comprehensive assessment and review of its existing programs, MARTA improved the effectiveness and strength of is TOD programs and affordable housing policies.
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