The Arcadis Mobility Oriented Development Benchmarking Index (MODex)
Transit hubs are no longer simply a place where the traveler arrives or departs. The facilities in and around the hub make the area a destination itself and can provide a ripple effect that encourages investment in the area, generates new revenue streams and boosts wider prosperity.
Every city is dependent on mobility. Mobility enables people, goods and ideas to move in, out and within our cities, whether on its roads or in the air. As urban centers continue to increase in size and density, mobility is becoming a more pressing issue for a city's residents. In today's cities, journey times are increasing and transport infrastructure is under greater pressure than ever.
Developing a modern transit model requires extensive future planning and development. But it also means ensuring that the full social, environmental and economic potential of existing transit hubs is exploited. By looking at the leading practices among transportation professionals and city planners, as well as missed opportunities uncovered during transit-hub developments around the world, we can gain valuable insights into approaches that will allow us to optimize multi-mode transit hub designs.
Arcadis’ integrated approach to such transit-related developments is called Mobility Oriented Development, or MODe. With MODe, we focus on the integration of the key elements that bring value to transit hubs: connectivity, urban environment, social placemaking and economic development. By quantifying these elements, refined according to our extensive global experience and observations of developed best practices, we have created a rigorous framework by which to compare transit hubs. This allows us to see, like never before, their untapped potential.