Transportation 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.



Recent efforts nationwide to promote pedestrian planning and activity have reinforced the value of a systemic approach to pedestrian improvements. In 2014, the Office initiated and update of the 2007 Pedestrian Master Plan. The new Pedestrian Plan, WalkHoward: Moving Forward, continues efforts to improve walkability in Howard County. This Master Plan will address walking in all of its forms – whether you are trying to get somewhere or just taking a casual stroll. WalkHoward will provide a list and map of locations where pedestrian facility improvements are deemed to be needed.

2007 Howard County Pedestrian Plan Status Update December 2012.pdf

HC Pedestrian Plan 2007-Plan Document.pdf

Howard County Pedestrian Plan 2007 Map of Improvements.pdf

Howard County Pedestrian Plan 2007 Map of Improvements.pdf

Howard County Pedestrian Plan Improvements by Community.pdf



Howard County has developed its first Bicycle Master Plan: BikeHoward. The master plan addresses bicycling for both transportation and recreation and looks at both on-road and off-road bicycling facilities. The draft version of the plan is on the project website:


Bus Rapid Transit

The Office of Transportation is evaluating the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit system in Howard County. The implementation of such a system would represent a significant investment for the County and the state of Maryland  and should be pursued only where frequent bus service could be supported. In order to ensure that the BRT project is successful, it has to be supported by strong forecasted ridership and potential shifts from private auto mode shares.  

The Concept Plan study presents preliminary plans and costs for a BRT system along various roads and corridors. These corridors are US 29, Broken Land Parkway, MD 216, MD 32 and Snowden River Parkway.  

The Phase I report builds on the Concept Plan study and evaluates the proposed BRT network and determine which routes are most viable given the proposed services and ridership forecasts. Four corridors were studied in this report: 

1. US 29 between Mount Hebron and Silver Spring

2. Broken Land Parkway between Columbia Town Center and Savage MARC Station

3. MD 32 between Clarksville and Odenton Town Center

4. MD 216 between Scaggsville and Odenton Town Center  

The travel demand model was also used to screen measures of effectiveness including travel time, average annual daily traffic (AADT), and person-throughput; to refine alignments and potential stations; and to test specific operational characteristics.  

The Phase II report is underway and updates the Phase I report with updated forecasts, refined routes and station areas. The Phase II report is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. 


 BRT Concept Study-Part 1.pdf

BRT Concept Study-Part 2 US 29 Detail.pdf

BRT Concept Study-Part 3 MD 216 Detail.pdf

BRT Concept Study-Part 4 MD 32 Detail.pdf

BRT Concept Study-Part 5 BLP Detail.pdf


Phase 1 Howard County BRT Report.pdf

Phase 1-Appendix A - Travel Model Development and Validation.pdf

Phase 1-Appendix C - Table and Scans.pdf






Bike Share Feasibility Study

In addition to BikeHoward, the Office of Transportation, in partnership with Columbia Association, developed a study that examined the feasibility of implementing a bike sharing system program in the county. The results will be integrated into the Bicycle Master Plan. The project was completed in January 2015 and the full results of the plan are on the project website. HowardCountyBikeshare



Downtown Columbia Bridge Project

In January, 2014 Howard County selected AECOM Corporation to complete an assessment of the existing pedestrian bridge over US29. The feasibility study assessed the condition of the existing bridge and provides a range of options, including developing time to complete and cost estimates for each option. 

Final Downtown Columbia Bridge Feasibility Study Report 2-2-2015.pdf

Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines-Traffic Study

Public comments related to the traffic study are welcome. However, traffic studies are for informational purposes, and they are not adopted as policy by the County. The traffic study also serves to help the County in its work with State Highway Administration to anticipate needed roadway improvements.


Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix A Intersection Lanes and Photos.pdf

Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix G - Traffic Analysis Worksheets.pdf

Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix E Clarksville Pike Year 2035 Ultimate Roadway Design Concept.pdf

Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study

In December of 2013, the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning initiated a study to assess the feasibility of linking Downtown Columbia to the Patuxent Branch Trail by exploring and evaluating both existing and potential on and off road pathways to develop a direct connection. The study was initiated in response to direction contained in Howard County Capital Project T7107 that called for a study to evaluate connections and routes to link Downtown Columbia and the Patuxent Branch Trail in relation to their community and environmental impacts and relationship to the Oakland Mills Bridge capital project. 

The report contains five sections and an executive summary, along with the appendices. The full report, along with each section and the appendices is presented below.

Executive Summary-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final.pdf

REPORT-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final.pdf

Section 1-Summary of Findings-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final.pdf



Section 4-Recommendations-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final.pdf





Trail Pict For Website-OOT