Welcome to Go Howard! Formerly Howard Commuter Solutions, we’re your resource for information on ridesharing, transit, biking, and other alternatives to driving by yourself in Howard County.

Go Howard is the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program of Howard County, Maryland, funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation / Maryland Transit Administration and the Howard County Office of Transportation.

What’s happening?

It’s Bike Month!

This year’s annual Bike to Work Central Maryland week celebration will take place Monday, May 17th through Sunday, May 23rd and will again be a socially distanced cycling challenge to encourage commuting by bike. Registration is now open.

Participating riders qualify for free t-shirts (limited to the first 1,500 riders), giveaways and prizes, all while discovering the advantages of a cleaner, healthier commuting option. Participants who register for the event may ride any time during the week to anywhere and pick up their event shirt and other giveaways at participating bike shops including Race Pace Bicycles in Columbia and Ellicott City and Patapsco Bicycles in Maple Lawn. In addition to Race Pace, special thanks to our local sponsors the Downtown Columbia Partnership and the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA) for helping make this event possible.

To make Bike Month even more fun, we are offering cyclists a free online cycling challenge and encouragement program called Love to Ride. This fun, friendly and free competition between workplaces, clubs and individuals uses prize drawings, leaderboards and virtual networking to challenge users to get more people cycling. The program is year-round and features special prize challenges in May for Corporate Challenge participants.

Interested but don’t have a bike?  Try Howard County Bikeshare in Downtown Columbia and Ellicott City.

Stay tuned for more bicycle information coming soon!

Do You Work in Downtown Columbia? Take This Survey
As part of the development of our Transportation Demand Management Plan for Downtown Columbia (DTC), we are working with the Downtown Columbia Partnership to survey those who work in DTC to better understand your transportation needs and assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your travel patterns. Your responses will help us design new transportation options and strategies to address current needs, as well as serve commuters to Downtown Columbia into the post-COVID period.

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Mobile ticketing is now available for RTA riders
The Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA), the Transit mobile app, and Token Transit announced an innovative partnership, giving riders the ability to plan, track and pay for their RTA trip on the same platform. The all-in-one system is a first in the state of Maryland.

The Howard County Active Transportation Open House has closed and the results are in. Summaries of the survey results and office hours have been posted along with the materials presented at the Open House on the Active Transportation Open House website: https://bit.ly/3jDCYxj.

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Interested in finding out what we’re doing in Downtown Columbia? Our TDM Specialist talked with the Downtown Columbia Partnership about all things transportation in DTC.


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Howard County Bikeshare reopened August 14th with enhanced cleaning procedures. More good news: Because of the temporary closure, annual memberships will be extended by 3 months.


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You must wear a mask when using public transportation.


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The Howard County Office of Transportation is preparing for e-scooter deployment this summer in designated areas of Columbia.  Find out more.


MTA Updates due to COVID-19


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Commuter Choice Maryland’s Telework Guide


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Earn cash by choosing a smart commute!

incenTrip is a multimodal trip planning app that rewards points for each commute trip you plan and take during the a.m. and p.m. peak commuting times and log into the app. Washington area commuters can earn up to $10 after completing 10 trips – or save your points to earn $50. Rinse and repeat. It’s that simple! Up to $600 can be earned per calendar year. You must have a Commuter Connections account to earn cash – but don’t worry, registration is free and easy.

Sign-up now for Commuter Connections and link your account to the incenTrip app, available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Looking for options outside Howard County? Try MDOT’s Commuter Choice Maryland.