What is Transit Oriented Development?
The City of Meriden’s Transit Oriented Development program seeks to transform the Meriden Transit Center (MTC) and the half-mile area around it into a vibrant neighborhood that includes new residential and commercial development, public spaces and improved access to public transportation. Several key components of this program are already underway.
- Meriden is a key station stop on the $500m New Haven/Hartford/Springfield commuter rail line scheduled to open in 2018. Construction of a $20 million commuter and transit bus station, a 273 space parking garage and an 80-space parking lot are under construction.
- Local, state and federal funds have been secured for planning, analysis, and engineering activities within in the TOD area.
- The development of mixed use commercial and residential areas, pedestrian friendly routes and amenities will be easily integrated into Meriden’s downtown, which comprises a dense, mixed use, pedestrian friendly area filled with historic buildings and public spaces.
- Transit Oriented Development will help promote affordable, sustainable housing development and regional economic growth, and is consistent with the City’s Plan of Conservation and Development.