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TOD Resources
Best Practices

In Maryland, it is fully recognized that TOD will be different in every context it is pursued.  Existing development patterns, transportation infrastructure needs, and economic outlook all have a profound effect on strategies to promote transit-oriented development in a given area. The mix of development, its density and how it is designed, for example will vary considerably based on location. To learn more, read The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, which discusses TOD in different types of settings, as described below.

  • Downtown Business District – Bethesda Metro Station is densely developed with a variety of retail, office and residential options.
  • Suburban Town Center – In Silver Spring, employers such as Discovery have built large office buildings around the Metro station, and retail, restaurant, housing and entertainment businesses have followed.
  • Commuter Town Center – A community connected to the downtown core by transit might see TOD take the form of a “Main Street” center, with retail, professional offices and multifamily housing (Owings Mills, Frederick MARC Station).


TOD Map Resources:

TOD Designated Sites Map

For TOD map resources, click here to register with the TOD database.


Other Recommended Resources:

Strategy of the Month: Equitable Neighborhood Change in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods

Transit-Oriented and Joint Development:  Case Studies and Legal Issues

Center for Transit-Oriented Development

The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

Transportation/Land Use Connections Program

Central Maryland TOD Strategy: A Regional Action Plan for Transit Centered Communities

Reconnecting America

Ten Principles for Successful Development Around Transit