Welcome to the New Bedford TOD Study Page!

The New Bedford Department of City Planning, with assistance from the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), is conducting a study of existing and future conditions for the areas surrounding the North New Bedford (Church Street) and New Bedford (Whales Tooth) platforms. The project team will first evaluate existing conditions and then present findings to the public to gather input through multiple outlets. The project team will then craft recommendations to shape the neighborhoods surrounding the future platforms.

This study will take place from August 2019 to December 2020. SRPEDD does not have an agenda for the future of each proposed platform. Our role is to facilitate a proactive and transparent civic engagement process that gathers and integrates your views on community needs and aspirations.                                      

What is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)?
Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation.

Learn More & Stay Informed

Fill out a Public Survey (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
Sign up for our Mailing List to be notified of all events that support the project
Provide your thoughts at your convenience using our Public Comment Form
"Like" the Department of City Planning (DCP) Facebook page
Contact New Bedford's Director of City Planning Tabitha Harkin (508) 979-1488 or SRPEDD's project lead Jed Cornock 508-824-1367


Drop-in Schedule
The Department of City Planning (DCP) will be at the following locations handing out helpful information and answering questions about the study.

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 : 11AM-2PM – Trucchi’s (2941 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA 02745) - Completed
  • Monday, January 13, 2020 : 12PM-3PM - Market Basket (122 Sawyer St, New Bedford, MA 02746) - Completed
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 : 11AM-2PM – Market Basket (122 Sawyer St, New Bedford, MA 02746)
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 : 12PM-3PM – Trucchi’s (2941 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA 02745)  

Public Meeting: Existing Conditions


    The Open House had a great turnout!

    Thank you all for participating!

    In case you missed it, all event materials are below:

    Study Overview Presentation

    Map Series: Circulation, Environmental, Programs & Assets, Zoning

    TOD Comparision Examples: Brockton, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Salem

      Check out the summary video!

    Many thanks to New Bedford Calble Access!

Study Areas

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Image Gallery

North New Bedford (Church Street) Platform

               (Photos taken in October 2019. North New Bedford Platform location - looking south).

New Bedford (Whale's Tooth) Platform

              (Photos taken in October 2019. New Bedford Platform Location - looking south and north).

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Coming Soon!

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Interactive Map Gallery

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Elements of the Study

Evaluate Existing Conditions
The project team will evaluate the existing conditions of each study area using the best available data.

Public Engagement
The project team will engage the public to gather feedback and opinions on existing conditions and desired future development. The public engagement process will include public meetings, as well as an online survey available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Evaluate and Develop Potential Zoning Scenarios
The project team will evaluate existing zoning, and develop potential zoning scenarios that pair public input with the city’s vision for each study area.

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Document Library


City Master Plan (2010)

Open Space & Recreation Plan (2014)

Waterfront Redevelopment Plan - North (2018)

Waterfront Redevelopment Plan - South (2018)

Payne Cutlery Neighborhood Area-Wide Plan (2017)


North New Bedford Platform Study Area Map

New Bedford Platform Study Area Map


Open House (January 14, 2020)

Study Overview Presentation

Existing Conditions Map Series: Circulation, Environmental, Programs & Assets, Zoning

TOD Comparision Examples: Brockton, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Salem


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