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The Spring 2014 Edition of TRA's Newsletter!
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President's Letter

TRA is pleased to announce our new Brokerage Services team, led by RJ Long, who will focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities for sellers, buyers and developers.  TRA is a licensed brokerage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Georgia. 

 

TRA's expertise in completing over 50 TOD transactions for our transit agency clients is now available to private landowners and developers interested in this high demand real estate product. Some have said that TOD actually stands for "The Only Demand" in the current marketplace.  Check out our new TRA Brokerage website below.

 

After this long hard winter that touched most of the United States, we're looking forward to Spring and to welcoming new opportunities.

 

Sincerely,

Lorna Moritz

President
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Announcing Our New Brokerage Website

By late 2016, Bay Area commuters will likely begin to see the first of a fleet of futuristic new BART trains barreling from San Francisco through the upper Peninsula, the East Bay and new stations slated to open in the coming years closer to Silicon Valley in Fremont, Milpitas and Northern San Jose.

Today we launched a new, website dedicated to our Brokerage Services. Our mission behind the launch was to make a user friendly and easier to navigate website with targeted brokerage content.

 

Here are some highlights from the launch:  

* Property Listings

* What is TOD?

* About TRA

* Brokerage Services Contact 
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TRA Invited to Speak at Citizens For Modern Transit, St. Louis, MO

By late 2016, Bay Area commuters will likely begin to see the first of a fleet of futuristic new BART trains barreling from San Francisco through the upper Peninsula, the East Bay and new stations slated to open in the coming years closer to Silicon Valley in Fremont, Milpitas and Northern San Jose.

Placemaking TOD at the Forest Park MetroLink Station

On Tuesday, February 25th CMT welcomed the Transit Oriented Development 'Deal' Guy, Francis DeCoste, to St. Louis.  Before a crowd of more than 80 St. Louis civic and community leaders, Mr. DeCoste discussed his assessment of the development possibilities and challenges around the Forest Park MetroLink Station.

 

"Even though MetroLink opened in St. Louis in 1993, building around our public transit infrastructure has not gone as far as the region could hope.  We looked at the Forest Park MetroLink Station because it will be truly multi-modal in the near future- with the MetroLink red and blue lines providing service, several MetroBus routes serving the station, the future Loop Trolley, Great Rivers Greenway trail and more all providing access. With these realities in mind,  we were happy to see Fran examine the possibilities for development and possible financing incentives for the area," said Kim Cella, CMT Executive Director. Click here to read more.

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TRA Managing the MBTA Sale of Former Ferry Terminal in Quincy, MA

By late 2016, Bay Area commuters will likely begin to see the first of a fleet of futuristic new BART trains barreling from San Francisco through the upper Peninsula, the East Bay and new stations slated to open in the coming years closer to Silicon Valley in Fremont, Milpitas and Northern San Jose.

A recent article in the Boston Business Journal featured TRA's representation of 11.6 acres of the former historic Quincy Shipyard site for sale by the MBTA.  The MBTA recently discontinued its commuter ferry service and the sale is subject to a lease with the USS Salem Shipyard Museum.  The sale includes land, water, and improvements to the property. To see the full BBJ article Click Here.

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LandTracker™ Gains Momentum

By late 2016, Bay Area commuters will likely begin to see the first of a fleet of futuristic new BART trains barreling from San Francisco through the upper Peninsula, the East Bay and new stations slated to open in the coming years closer to Silicon Valley in Fremont, Milpitas and Northern San Jose.

It seems like only yesterday that we at TRA were celebrating our 300th user on LandTracker™, and now, as of March 2014, we are proud to announce our 450th LandTracker™ user!  

 

LandTracker™ is a web-based mapping application that is used to track MBTA and MassDOT land ownership. It includes photos, plans and deeds for thousands of parcels and we are adding new data all the time. For more information about how the LandTracker™ application might benefit you, or for information about MBTA land, please contact Rachel Goldsmith at TRA.

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Follow TRA on Google Plus

By late 2016, Bay Area commuters will likely begin to see the first of a fleet of futuristic new BART trains barreling from San Francisco through the upper Peninsula, the East Bay and new stations slated to open in the coming years closer to Silicon Valley in Fremont, Milpitas and Northern San Jose.

TRA is excited to announce our presence on another web platform to better provide service to our clients. Google Plus is a 'social layer' that is on top of all of the other Google services we use every day, such as Search, Images, G-Mail, etc. By joining Google Plus and following TRA, not only will you have instant access to all of our posts on TODnews.com, but will receive transit oriented development opportunities tailored to your particular region.

 

Google Plus allows TRA to provide you with the most relevant information possible, making sure that your inbox isn't clogged with opportunities that don't apply to your specific interests. There are a number of other interesting and exciting features offered by Google Plus, which you can learn about here. We at TRA are excited to have you in our 'circles!'

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TRA Staff Update

By late 2016, Bay Area commuters will likely begin to see the first of a fleet of futuristic new BART trains barreling from San Francisco through the upper Peninsula, the East Bay and new stations slated to open in the coming years closer to Silicon Valley in Fremont, Milpitas and Northern San Jose.

Congratulations to RJ Long who was recently promoted to TRA Director of Brokerage Services. RJ has over 10 years of experience in real estate sales, development, analysis and management. He joined TRA as a Financial Analyst in 2008 and most recently served TRA as a Senior Project Manager. RJ has been responsible for managing land sales & development, retail leasing, and advertising portfolios for TRA clients and prospective clients.  During his time at TRA, RJ has leased and sold several million dollars of property. His specialties include financial analysis & modeling, marketing analysis, real estate portfolio analysis, development of leasing plans, commercial leasing, and knowledge of transit real estate with a focus on retail & development.  In his new role, RJ will be leading TRA's new brokerage services focusing on bringing together sellers, buyers, and developers to create successful Transit Oriented Development.  

 

TRA is very pleased to introduce our new GIS intern Kaitlyn Perham. Kaitlyn attended the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and studied Geography-Anthropology. She has taken coursework which included GIS, geography, and urban and regional development. Before coming to TRA, Kaitlyn completed an internship with the Forest Service, where she used ArcMap and map reading skills as a regular part of her job. Kaitlyn worked both in the office and in the field, collecting data and creating maps.