Transit Oriented Development

Development at and around the system's transit stations is an exciting element of the FasTracks program. As the Denver region's public transit agency, RTD plays an important role in the implementation of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

What is Transit-Oriented Development?

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is an approach to developing the built environment that integrates higher density new construction with transit, creating synergies that enhance the value of both. It is characterized by a pedestrian‐oriented environment that allows people to live, work, shop, and play within a five‐ to ten-minute walk of a transit stop.

Clusters of TODs contribute to creating transit-oriented communities, which enjoy a number of benefits:

In addition, TOD enjoys land value premiums and generally out‐performs in competitive markets, attracting developers and their partners. Since 2005, 68 percent of all new office and 44 percent of all new housing in Metro Denver has located within one half-mile of an RTD station.

What's RTD's Role with TOD?

RTD's TOD mission is to help facilitate TOD opportunities that increase ridership or enhance transit investments throughout the District through station design and close coordination with local jurisdictions and developers. RTD plays a proactive role in facilitating transit-supportive development around transit stations and strives to realize the following goals:

The TOD Group encourages developers to take advantage of RTD's Neighborhood EcoPass program to offer residents easy and convenient access to all RTD bus and train services at a deeply reduced rate.

Joint Development

RTD occasionally pursues joint development, a subset of TOD that involves a partnership between RTD and a public or private developer to improve agency property at an active transit facility. Joint development may involve air rights development, ground lease arrangements, sale of land, or other initiatives that promote real estate development at or near transit stations to the mutual benefit of public and private interests.

Learn more about joint development with RTD, including RFPs and the Unsolicited Proposal Process.

Joint Development of Real Property

Unsolicited Proposal Procedure for Joint Development

Joint Development Properties

RTD has pursued joint development at the following properties since 2010

Planning Studies and Research

RTD’s TOD group manages and conducts research to support transit-oriented development, shares information with both public and private sector partners, and provides planning assistance in order to help local jurisdictions connect constituents to transit service.

Examples of our research include:

Contact the TOD Group

For more information about working with the TOD group, email [email protected].


  1. RTD TOD Team Property Database
  2. 2022 TOD Status Report
  3. TOD Illustrated Guide 2022
  4. TOD Evaluation Criteria 2018
  5. TOD Design Criteria
  6. RTD FasTracks Strategic Plan for TOD (2010)