TOD opportunities are expanding in Maryland. Two proposed transitway projects -- the Purple Line (a light rail system) and the Corridor Cities Transitway (a bus rapid transit line), are in different stages of development and evaluation in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The new lines will create new connections with the Metro subway and MARC lines. With 31 miles of dedicated right-of-ways, 37 stations, and approximately 18,574 acres located within station areas, these proposed transitways will open tremendous TOD opportunities in Maryland.
The state and local jurisdictions where the new transit lines will run have been working together to integrate the transit National Environmental Policy Act project studies with TOD land use planning and implementation. Through strategic selection of alignment and station locations, supporting local TOD policy and regulation establishment and enhancement, and engaging in broad public involvement for station designs, state officials are striving to maximize TOD potential along the new transitway corridors. For instance, in the Corridor City Transitway Study in Montgomery County, MDOT modified two sections of the CCT alignment to support locally planned TOD at Crown Farm and the Life Sciences Center.