Maryland Department of Planning Highlights New Transit Oriented Development Online Tool

Maryland Planning Blog article (2019-06-26) previewed a new online tool to assist planning professionals, developers, real estate agents, and even homebuyers in planning development and viewing growth trends around transit stations. The Transit State Area Profile Tool (TSAPT) allows users to easily pull data from different sources and plan out development in areas around Transit Oriented Development (TOD) activities. Currently, Maryland defines TOD  as dense, mixed-use development within a half-mile of existing or planned transit stations that emphasizes the use of transit, walking, and bicycling. The TSAPT will be officially unveiled on July 1.

From the article:

The [TSAPT] was developed by Planning in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)  to take advantage of the wealth of available demographic, employment, land use, transit use, ridership, home sales, and other data from otherwise disparate sources. The TSAPT makes what would be an unwieldy amount of data more accessible and manipulable by a wide variety of stakeholders involved in different aspects and stages of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) activities. The tool also includes information about designated state, local, and regional TOD policies, programs, best practices, and current implementation efforts.

“The TSAPT makes researching potential TOD sites and TOD planning easier by providing detailed snapshots of various socio-economic planning conditions around every Metro, MARC and light rail station in Maryland, enabling users to explore and analyze information from a number of different data sources simultaneously,” says Scott Hansen, Transportation Planner and principal architect of the TSAPT.

Some of the sources of the data include: MTA and WMATA Transit Access and Egress and Survey data; MDP Land Use Land Cover data; Maryland Property View, Residential Sales data; American Community Survey data; Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data; among others. Data source and methodology information is provided via hyperlinked pdf documents (in white text) at the bottom of each chart (when users click on any of the source titles, it will open a pdf file containing a description as well as additional links.) …

Onscreen, users will find the map-driven TSAPT reveals a profile of each transit station in an easy-to-use dashboard interface. The image below represents what users will see when they arrive at the Transit Station Area Profile Tool for the first time — an interactive map of central Maryland’s rail network surrounded by several charts which respond to the location of interest a user selects on the map.

Home Screen for TSAPT (Source: Maryland Department of Planning)

 

The TSAPT also features various map layers, such as Transit Lines and Station Locations, State Designated TOD Areas, Priority Funding Areas (PFAs), Opportunity Zones, Land Use and Land Cover, and Generalized Zoning, among others. …

In addition to the data-focused tabs and map layers, the Help tab provides answers to frequently asked questions and the Survey tab contains a brief survey to capture user feedback. The MDP’s Planning Tools for TOD tab links to Planning’s TOD webpage, and the Additional TOD Planning Resources tab links to TOD initiatives at MDOT and other TOD-related map applications.

For those seeking more information about TSAPT or to schedule an in-person training session, please contact Transportation Planner Scott Hansen at 410.767.4611 or scott.hansen@maryland.gov.

Useful Links

TSAPT Homepage

 

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