Transit Oriented Development

Building our communities

As the metro area's public transit agency, RTD plays an important role in the implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). TOD is characterized by a pedestrian-oriented environment that allows people to live, work, shop and play in places accessible by transit. The primary benefits include:

  • Reducing sprawl and protecting existing neighborhoods
  • Reducing commute times and traffic congestion
  • Improving environmental quality and open space preservation
  • Encouraging pedestrian activity and discouraging automobile dependency

TODs aim to create and facilitate opportunities to preserve or expand RTD's transit and property investments. This will be done through private development, capitol expenditures and/or joint development for land use that encourages transit ridership through its design, operation and use across the District. TOD at and around the system's transit stations is an exciting element of the FasTracks program. Learn more at