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.

Core Services

The Office of Transportation provides management oversight of the County's fixed route and paratransit systems and leads transportation demand management, bicycle, and pedestrian planning efforts.  As part of these efforts, the Office of Transportation manages transit operating and capital grants  for the Regional Transit Agency (RTA). Services include, but are not limited to:

• Regional Transportation Agency Fixed-Route Service

• The Regional Transportation Agency Mobility  ADA complementary and paratransit service

• Howard Commuter Solutions (rideshare/vanpool services)

• Transit Demand Management ( commuter and other motor vehicle trip reduction programs)

• Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Planning

• Site Development Reviews

• Local and Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Planning

Additionally, the Office of Transportation provides supplemental transportation services and support to non-profit organizations, such as Humanim, The ARC of Howard County, and Neighbor Ride.

Oversight of the Office is through the Department of County Administration, with additional guidance and support by the Howard County Public Transportation Board.

Upcoming Meetings:

Multimodal Transportation Board: January 23, 2018, 7:00 pm. George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room

Transit and Pedestrian Advisory Group: January 24, 2018, 3:00 pm.  George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room

Priority Letter Public Meeting: January 24, 2018, 7 P.M. George Howard Building, Vernon C. Grey Room.

Bicycle Advisory Group: January 25, 2018, 3:00 pm. George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room

BikeHoward Open House: January 30, 2018, 5:00 pm. North Laurel Community Center, Chesapeake Room 

MD 99 Meeting/Open House: February 8, 2018, 6:00 pm. George Howard Building,  Columbia/Ellicott Room

  Walk Howard Pedestrian Plan Draft


WalkHoward is an update to the County’s 2007 Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan provides a framework for improving conditions for people walking in Howard County, promoting this mode as a safe and convenient travel option. The plan is the result of extensive field evaluation of sidewalks, intersections and bus stops and includes input received from three community open houses, state and county agencies, boards and commissions. The draft plan identifies pedestrian network improvements needed beyond those completed under the 2007 plan, as well as recommendations for changes in policies, guidelines and practices that affect the pedestrian network, and for outreach programs that will encourage the network’s use. Additional information can be found on WalkHoward.


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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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 followings programs:

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


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

Public Transportation Board

The Public 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.