Mission Statement

The Office of Transportation’s primary focus is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public transportation services, walking, and bicycling  in and around Howard County and ensure that connectivity is front and center in land use planning and site development.

The Office oversees the following programs:

  • Public Transportation
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian (Bike Howard and WalkHoward)
  • Howard Commuter Solutions 
  • Transportation Plans and Projects 
  • Howard County Public Transportation Board 
  • Complete Streets Policy Implementation 
Upcoming Meetings:

Transit and Pedestrian Advisory Group & Bicycle Advisory Group  (Joint Meeting) March 20, 2018, 1:30 to 5:15 pm.  George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room

Multimodal Transportation Board: March 27, 2018, 7:00 pm. George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room

Multimodal Transportation Board: April 24, 2018, 7:00 pm. George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room

BikeHoward Express is a comprehensive strategy to significantly improve bicycle infrastructure during the next 3 years throughout Howard County. It outlines approximately $8 million in improvements paid from a mixture of County funds and grants. More than half of residents are within a mile of BikeHoward Express, which would link them to schools, parks, MARC Stations, park and ride lots, and key employment centers, such as Columbia Gateway.

The innovative and cost-effective BikeHoward Express consists of specific proposals to provide nearly 48 miles of improved bicycle infrastructure and builds on the ideas expressed by community advocates during recent years. Proposed infrastructure improvements have been selected from the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan and would include new bike lanes, designated shared roadways, and shared-use pathways.

Key components of BikeHoward Express include the North Laurel Connections bicycle route from Savage to North Laurel, new shared-use pathways providing bicycle access into Downtown Columbia, Columbia Gateway and along Dobbin Road, and nearly 14 miles of bike lanes. Unified wayfinding signs throughout BikeHoward Express would provide for easy navigation. Additional community input will help determine the final details of bicycle infrastructure improvements.

Watch the video below for more information:



Public Meetings: Central Maryland Transit Development Plan

Planning the Future of Transit in Our Region

  • Realign routes to meet current needs and changing land uses
  • Reduce ride times for riders
  • Increase frequencies on many routes
  • Improve connections to jobs and vital services
  • Add more service on the weekends

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Transportation and Planning Projects

The Office of Transportation coordinates closely with the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Department of Public Works on a number of transportation planning and construction projects.

Public Transportation

Howard County provides fixed-route and paratransit services through the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA). The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) provides commuter bus and train services to Baltimore and Washington D.C. 

The web site that includes information on all the Howard County public transit programs and the supplemental services that are available is also coordinated by the RTA and can be accessed at

Howard Commuter Solutions

The Howard County Office of Transportation provides ride matching assistance to commuters, route planning guidance to transit riders, and serves as a clearinghouse for rideshare and vanpool information. For additional information, please call 410-313-3130

Multimodal Transportation Board

The Multimodal Transportation Board advises the County Executive and County Administration on transportation matters, particularly involving the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland. 

Supplemental Services

The Office of Transportation supports supplemental services to non profit organizations that provide transportation services to the elderly and disabled.

Complete Streets Policy Implementation

Howard County is developing a Complete Streets Policy and creating a Complete Streets and Bridges Design Manual. This initiative was recommended in both the Howard County General Plan (PlanHoward) and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan (BikeHoward).

2019 Howard County Priority Letter

Howard County has completed the Fiscal Year 2018 Priority Letter, which lists the County’s prioritized transportation projects for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)'s FY 2018-2023 Consolidated Transportation Program.  The projects in the letter were the result of  review and input by the public,  Howard County staff from several departments, as well as elected and appointed officials. 

Staff Contacts

Clive Graham

  Chris Eatough
Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator 

  Kathleen Donodeo
Transportation Planner

Jai Saunders
Administrative Analyst 

  David Cookson
Comprehensive and Regional Planner 

  Allison Calkins
TDM Specialist

Rashidi Jackson
Transportation Planner
  Brian Muldoon
Transportation Planner 

  Albert Guiney Engel
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner




Howard County/RTA Title VI Policy Statement

Howard County and the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland shall not, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (PL 100.259) exclude any person from participation in, deny any person the benefits of, or otherwise subject any person to discrimination under any transportation program or activity of the RTA. The Title VI Coordinator is responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities, preparing required reports, and other responsibilities as requested by Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200, and Title 49 CFR Part 21. Additionally, RTA hereby adheres to the complaint procedure as set forth In the RTA policies and procedures, available below. This policy was adopted by Howard County on November 10, 2015
To File a Title VI Complaint, please fill out the Title VI Complaint Form. Send the completed form to the Title VI Coordinator of the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland at the mailing address below or at
Title VI Coordinator

Regional Transportation Agency
8510 Corridor Road, Suite 110
Savage, MD 20763
Phone: 301-957-3602
Fax: 443--285-0050 
Location and Hours

3430 Court House Drive

Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone 410.313.4312

Fax 410.313.1655

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Transportation Data

Interested in data on transportation in Howard County?

Visit the transportation section of the County's open data portal.