People are at the heart of equitable transit-oriented development and the TransFormation Alliance’s work centers on ensuring all voices are heard.

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The Heart of TOD

Transportation investments and development are change agents for communities.

Those affected by the decisions need to be a part of the conversation to harness the opportunities being created.


A child raised in the bottom fifth income bracket in Atlanta has just a 4 percent chance of reaching the top fifth.

Our Commitment

The TransFormation Alliance is committed to ensuring all residents are deeply engaged in, and benefit from, growth in their neighborhoods. We believe community engagement based on authentic dialogue will support prosperity for everyone.

What are we working on?

  • Community Engagement Committee

    Currently led by the Partnership for Southern Equity, a member of the TransFormation Alliance, the community engagement working group includes community members, transit riders, experts in community organizing, and arts leaders who participate in station-area specific outreach that ensures the community members affected by TOD participate in the future vision of their community.

  • ETOD Academy

    The Alliance is creating a toolkit and curriculum aimed at increasing the capacity of community residents to participate in decisions about planning and the real estate developments impacting their communities. We will be launching the academy in 2015 – let us know if you’d like to be part of our first class.

  • Alignment with MARTA’s TOD Program

    The TransFormation Alliance works closely with MARTA’s TOD program to support its equity goals. The Alliance has selected three stations for initial focused work, but is also creating tools, advocating for policies, and convening stakeholders to impact the entire MARTA system.

  • Oakland City MARTA Station

    The TransFormation Alliance partnered with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), MARTA, and The City of Atlanta to engage community members in the development of a vision for a parking lot at MARTA’s Oakland City station. Through a series of workshops, community members shared their thoughts on existing assets, service needs and much more to ensure the vision adopted was inclusive and well-informed.

  • King Memorial MARTA Station

    The TransFormation Alliance is working with MARTA, Walton Communities, and WonderRoot to engage community members in a dialogue about the Walton Communities’ development project on the MARTA parking lot at the King Memorial station. The goal of this dialogue is to preserve the community’s unique history and increases access to services and retail.

Community Engagement Committee Chair Contact

Nathaniel Smith
Chief Equity Officer
Partnership for Southern Equity

The TransFormation Alliance works with community advocates, policy experts, transit providers, and government agencies to reach our goals.

Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas (MAEA)

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