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Oceanside transit center plan looks at high-density, mixed-use development

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The study evaluates the potential reuse of surface parking areas and low-density development converted to high-density mixed-use infill development.

The station site plans looked at resolving current transportation efficiencies and transit flow while at the same time improving pedestrian access and public realm spaces.

A significant emphasis was placed on parking strategies, shared use and other methods to reduce parking supply and demand. A supplemental document to the study looked at detailed approaches for parking demand and supply management. This supplement also looked at methods for financing transit operations through the potential use of Mello-roos property tax supplements.

The basic philosophy was that substantial public investment in transit services benefit adjacent properties.

The presence of this high level of transit service allows for substantial reductions in parking requirements that, in an urban area, are very expensive to build. A portion of the savings would go toward annual purchases of transit passes, distributed to all landowners, renters and tenants.

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