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?

We’ve got not one but two events with Downtown Columbia next weekend!
First up is a new biking event for Howard County, Cranksgiving, a food drive on two wheels. Hop on your bike, pick up your food donations for Friends of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and meet us at Azlon Plaza to drop them off. Your 2 wheels provide their 3 squares. More info: https://fb.me/e/Y2hRUBbc
Second is our E-scooter Demo Day at the Lakefront with Spin. Come on down, check them out, learn more and ask questions of both Spin and County staff before the scooter program launches in 2022. BYOH (Bring Your Own Helmet), please! More info: https://fb.me/e/1cIIoGehc

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This October, the Howard County Office of Transportation will host two virtual Complete Streets Design Manual Workshops. The first workshop, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on October 14th, will provide attendees with an introduction to the County’s Complete Streets Design Manual and a better understanding on how the Complete Streets policy translates into the design of future roads for cars, transit, bicycles, pedestrians and others. The second workshop will take place on October 21st at 2:00 p.m. and will provide a technical overview of the Design Manual. While this second workshop is geared towards technical professionals and others who use the Design Manual on a regular basis, the general public is welcome to attend. To register for either workshop and/or for more information about the Complete Streets Design Manual, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/DM-updates.

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All Howard County Public School System middle and high school students are now able to ride Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland buses for FREE! Visit your school office for details on how to get your FREE student bus pass good through next September. More info: howardcountymd.gov/News082521


Attention Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland riders! The new Howard County Circuit Courthouse, located at 9250 Judicial Way, Ellicott City, MD 21043, is served by the Old Annapolis Road/Bendix Road stop on Route 403.

The Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, July 15th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. to discuss its proposed service changes this fall. The RTA is proposing adjustments and modifications to certain routes in order to improve reliability, expand travel options and service connectivity, and decrease transfer times between core routes. The September 2021 Service Update largely focuses on better utilizing current resources to make more residential and commercial areas accessible to its services, including Catonsville, Beltsville and Muirkirk. Considerable attention has been paid to maintain hourly frequencies in the network where they exist, but to also better time route arrivals and departures from major locations so that connections and transfers are shorter and more dependable. If approved, the changes will take effect on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

For more information, including how to attend and/or submit written testimony, visit www.transitrta.com/fall2021/.

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.



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.


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


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.


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