Transit-Oriented Development

What is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)?

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a planning approach that calls for high-density, mixed-use business/neighborhood centers to be clustered around transit stations and corridors. TOD is considered a “smart growth” strategy, because it both tackles the issue of where growth should occur from a regional “sustainability” perspective; and it coordinates land use and transportation, such that both land and infrastructure are used efficiently.

TOD in the Capitol Region

The primary areas of focus on TOD in the Capitol Region center in the Knowledge Corridor, the area that spans from New Haven to Springfield which as seen more that $1.5 billion in constuction that is underway in three new transit and transportation investments. These investments include
  • CTfastrak, a 9-mile 11 station bus rapid transit line that opened in 2015
  • CTrail’s Hartford Line, a 13 station commuter rail service connecting New Haven to Springfield, scheduled to open in 2018
  • The Vermonter Amtrak rail corridor connecting Washington DC to St. Albans Vermont through the Capitol Region
Making it Happen
The Capitol Region Council of Governments has worked recently to study the market around the stations on these three transit investments. In 2013, CRCOG published a market analysis entitled, Making it Happen: Opportunities and Strategies for Transit-Oriented Development in the Knowledge Corridor.
Station By Station
The section below presents information about each station area on the CTfastrak and CTrail corridors.  This section will be updated as new information on station area development becomes available.


Berlin Station

September 5, 2017 – The Town of Berlin hereby invites proposals for the purchase and development of a 3.82 acre Town owned parcel adjacent to the Berlin Train Station comprised of 889, 903 and 913 Farmington Avenue. Sealed responses containing developer qualifications and project description for the redevelopment of 889 Farmington Avenue will be received at the Town Manager’s Office, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The documents comprising the Request for Qualifications may be obtained on the Town’s website,, under “Bid and RFP Information,” or from:
Maryssa Tsolis, Purchasing Agent
240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037
during normal business hours. Each proposer is responsible for checking the Town’s website to determine if the Town has issued any addenda and/or additional supplemental documents, needed to complete its proposal in accordance with the RFQ as modified by the addenda. Also, some large supplemental documents will be available only directly from the Purchasing Agent, on request.

For additional information and to arrange a site visit contact:
Chris Edge, Economic Development Director
240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037



Thompsonville Station

Thompsonville Zoning Study

New Haven


Union Station

State Street

North Haven


North Haven






Windsor Station

Windsor Locks


Windsor Locks Station

Windsor Locks Once and Future TOD Study

Tools for Communities

  • Station Area Progress Reports

  • TOD Technical Assistance Initiative

  • Transit-Oriented Development Fact Sheet

  • TOD Market Analysis (2013)

  • Mixed Use/TOD Model Zoning Regulations

  • TOD Best Practices Library by CTOD

  • Building Capacity: Helping Communities Create Vibrant, Healthy and Economically Prosperous Neighborhoods, HUD SCI Issue Briefs

  • Capturing the Value of Transit

  • TOD Toolkit for CT (2013)

  • More Development for Transit Dollars