Use this information and linked documents to learn more about Transit Services' planning efforts.

Transit-Friendly Design Guidelines 

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide developers, planners, and appointed and elected officials with information about the benefits of transit-friendly design and to encourage the use of design elements that make commercial and residential developments more transit friendly. These guidelines should be used as a reference tool in the preparation and review of development plans, especially for development that will occur in the county's urbanized areas and other areas that will be served by public transportation.

Smart Growth

Transit-friendly design (TFD) integrates land use, zoning, and transportation planning elements to promote higher density, mixed-use development that is easily accessible by various modes of transportation. TFD embraces the concepts of "smart growth" and traditional neighborhood design by encouraging higher-density development in areas with existing public services and by encouraging interconnected street networks. Pedestrian accessibility and street oriented site design are also important elements of TFD. Another important element of TFD is transit-access design, which ensures that development sites are accessible by transit vehicles.

Complete Guidelines

Read the complete guidelines for more information.

Transportation Development Plan-2022

Transportation Development Plan-2015

Golden Mile Multimodal Access Enhancement Plan 


Maryland Transportation Plan

The 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) establishes a 20-year vision for transportation in the state and provides policy direction through statewide multimodal goals and objectives. The perspectives of transportation users are critical in shaping the MTP.

MDOT MTA Statewide Transit Plan

The MDOT MTA Statewide Transit Plan (STP) will provide a 50-year vision of coordinated local, regional, and intercity transit across the state. This plan will define public transportation goals and strategies for Maryland’s rural, suburban, and urban regions with a vision toward increasingly coordinated, equitable, and innovative mobility.

MDOT MTA MARC Brunswick Line Study

The Brunswick Line Study evaluates opportunities for expanded service on the Brunswick Line that are identified in the 2019 MARC Cornerstone Plan (the Plan). The Plan's long-term vision for the Brunswick Line includes additional train capacity and frequency (mid-day, weekday, and weekend), with a focus on enhancing service on the Frederick branch.