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.
Every year, Howard County submits a "Priority Letter" to the Maryland Department of Transportation outlining the County's priorities for state transportation funding and technical assistance. For more information, click here.
For more information, please visit the project website: Maryland Route 99 Investigation
The Office of Transportation is conducting three intermediate planning projects in 2018-19 to assess the needs and opportunities for complete streets improvements along three roadways in Howard County. The three roadways are:
In conjunction with the Columbia Road complete streets planning project, the Office of Transportation is assessing current traffic operations along Columbia Road between MD 108 and Old Annapolis Road.
The Downtown Columbia Plan includes Transportation Demand Management (TDM) as one element of the overall approach to managing Downtown Columbia’s growth. TDM is moving people, not vehicles, creating a more efficient use of our roadways. TDM strategies encourage people to take transit, rideshare, walk, bike, and telework, thereby reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles using the existing road network. Effective TDM can reduce the need for new road infrastructure such as additional lanes, intersection widenings, and interchanges that make a place less walkable.
The Howard County Office of Transportation (OoT) is developing a Downtown Columbia Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP) in conjunction with the Downtown Columbia Partnership and Foursquare ITP.
Map of Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure in Downtown Columbia
Map of Roads and Parking
The Howard County Office of Transportation is conducting a planning study and preliminary design for a shared-use (pedestrian and bicycle) pathway along Robert Fulton Drive. Click here for more information.
For more information about the shared-use pathway 30% design project, please visit the project page.
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 B Traffic Count Data.pdf
Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix C Existing Cross Sections.pdf
Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix D Final Alt 1 and Alt 2 MD 108 Short Term Improvement Preliminary Engineering Plans.pdf
Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix E Clarksville Pike Year 2035 Ultimate Roadway Design Concept.pdf
Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix F - Cost Estimate.pdf
Clarksville Pike Multi-Modal Traffic Study-Appendix G - Traffic Analysis Worksheets.pdf
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 an 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 Pedestrian Master Plan Document
2007 Pedestrian Plan Map of Proposed Projects
2007 Pedestrian Plan List of Proposed Projects by Community
2017 Status of 2007 Pedestrian Master Plan Projects
The Howard County Office of Transportation is facilitating a Paratransit Workgroup to conduct a review of paratransit policies and services in the County to determine if there are changes that are needed to ensure that paratransit services are provided where they are most needed. The Transit and Pedestrian Advisory Group (TPAG) will be leading the workgroup. The Paratransit Workgroup is made up of representative from the ARC, Association of Community Services, Athelas Institute, Commission on Aging, Commission on Disabilities Issues, Commission on Transitioning Students with Disabilities, Muti-modal Transportation Board, Neighbor Ride, RTA, Office on Aging, and TPAG.
November 14, 2018
September 5, 2018
Meeting Informational Packet
Howard County will be making aesthetic and security improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian bridge across US-29 in Columbia. For more information about the project, click here.
The Phase II study is an extension of the previous Conceptual and Phase I efforts performed to evaluate a Bus Rapid Transit network for the County, including linkages to other activity centers and transit systems in the Baltimore/Washington Region. The purpose of the Phase II study is to provide additional detail and rigor not part of the previous work, and filter/refine alternatives to a level that can be carried forward to the next stage of right of way design, environm