(This article was published on October 1, 2013 by Wired.Com
By Keith Barry
Streetcars may be sexy and light rail may be alluring, but it turns out that building a bus line is how a city can get the most bang for its buck when it comes to attracting development.
A new study
from the public transit advocacy group Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), examined the growth of transit-oriented development in 21 cities with various forms of surface public transportation. Compared to streetcars and light rail, the authors found that the bus won out big time in terms of generating high-value development at a low upfront cost.
Though transportation planners have argued over the benefits of buses…