TDP Meetings Begin 121322

The Howard County Office of Transportation is beginning the process of updating Howard County’s Transit Development Plan (TDP), a short-term plan to guide transit system development and funding requests. The TDP process reviews and assesses current transit services, identifies unmet transit needs, and develops a recommended plan for improvements (with phased implementation), including capital and operating budget projections, in the short‐range future, typically a five‐year horizon. The completed TDP serves as a guide for our local transit system, providing a roadmap for implementing service improvements, and/or potential expansion during the five‐year period. Opportunities for the public to provide comment include three surveys (fixed-route, paratransit, and community) and five public meetings, including the kickoff meeting taking place virtually via Webex on Tuesday, December 13th at the Multimodal Transportation Board meeting. More information on the process, future meeting dates, and previous plans can be found here.

Howard County is served primarily by the Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) with limited service by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).


The RTA, managed by First Transit and overseen by the Howard County Office of Transportation, provides local fixed route and paratransit  (RTA Mobility) service in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel.  Visit or call 800-270-9553 for current route and schedule information.

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.

RTA System Map (updated November 2019)

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The MTA provides Commuter bus and MARC train (commuter rail between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.) service in Howard County. 

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Current Service Information

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