TOD in Maryland

The State of Maryland has defined Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as a place of relatively higher density that includes a mix of residential, employment, shopping, and civic uses designed to encourage multi-modal access to the station area. TOD provides an opportunity to support economic development, to promote transit ridership, and to maximize the efficient use of transportation infrastructure.

Planning for TOD

TOD Design Guidelines

MDOT MTA has created “Designing for Transit, TOD Guidelines” as a resource for local jurisdictions, developers, and communities who are considering development at or near a rail station. MDOT MTA encourages transit-supportive design for all development near rail stations that includes quality spaces for walking and bicycling to and from transit. The TOD Design Guidelines has recommendations for all kinds of station types, whether they are located in a densely populated downtown, or in a small town or rural setting.

Click here to download the TOD Design Guidelines.

Station Area Concepts

MDOT MTA has created station area concepts that apply the TOD Design Guidelines to specific stations in the MDOT MTA system, providing an example of what transit-oriented development (TOD) could look like in the station area. The concepts can be used in discussions with local jurisdictions, developers, and community members to work towards a shared vision for TOD.

Agency Coordination

MDOT Office of Real Estate & Economic Development

Development of MDOT-owned property adjacent to MDOT MTA rail stations is coordinated by the MDOT Office of Real Estate & Economic Development (MDOT ORED). For more information regarding the MDOT Real Estate Joint Development Program, please contact Nimisha Sharma at

Click here to visit the MDOT ORED website for TOD.

Transit-Oriented Development Hub Website

The Maryland Departments of Planning and Transportation (MDP and MDOT) have created comprehensive online planning and implementation resources to support state and local TOD efforts. This website provides a springboard for local jurisdictions, planners, elected officials, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, real estate professionals and the general public who are interested in advancing TOD or TOD principles in their jurisdictions. Please use this site to explore links to resources provided by MDP and MDOT as well as other partner state agencies.

Click here to visit the TOD Hub Website.

Development Opportunities

Reisterstown Plaza Metro SubwayLink Station

The MDOT Office of Real Estate & Economic Development is seeking responses to a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) from experienced respondents interested in developing a dynamic mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project in the Reisterstown Station Community of Baltimore City. The approximately 26-acre site, owned by the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), is located at 6300 Wabash Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

Click here to learn more about the Reisterstown Plaza Metro TOD Opportunity.