The Center for TOD provides technical assistance to cities, transit agencies and community groups who want to implement high-performance TOD in their regions. CTOD is providing technical assistance to groups in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore with the support of the Surdna Foundation. CTOD is helping with communications about TOD-related issues, providing case studies and research about successful TOD projects in diverse mixed-income and low-income neighborhoods, and helping to develop mixed-income strategies for particular neighborhoods. This technical assistance will soon be supplemented with CTOD-initiated research that will result in broadly applicable materials.
The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) in association with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), and in collaboration with the City of Baltimore, seek expressions of interest from experienced developers of mixed-use projects for the redevelopment into a mixed-use, transit oriented development (TOD) of Parcels E and F, adjacent to the State Office Building complex at “State Center,” in the heart of Baltimore’s Cultural District.
This paper will present the findings of a 2-year research project that defined community-based criteria for decision-making for the provision of light rail into underserved areas of Baltimore, Maryland, and delineated key areas along the light rail corridor to promote economic development opportunities, increase visual character, and strengthen community linkages. The research defined the guiding principles and strategies, hence, the framework in which a light rail line that is a clean, quiet, fast, and efficient mode of urban transportation, and that is likely to attract a diverse ridership, can be developed in Baltimore.