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The RTA provides daily bus service in Columbia, Ellicott City, Savage, and other locations in and around Howard County. The RTA operates eight routes with seven connecting at the Columbia Mall. Monday through Friday service generally operates between 6:00 am – 10:00 pm. Service on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays generally operates between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. View route schedules and maps.

Howard County is proud to be operating the second largest fleet of hybrid-electric buses in Maryland. The hybrid buses are quieter than conventional internal combustion engine buses and are much better for the environment.

All RTA buses are equipped with the Nextbus vehicle locator system with predictive capability. By clicking here you can determine when a RTA bus will arrive at your bus stop.