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.

Projects

Priority Letter

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.

Maryland Route 99 Investigation

Howard County is undertaking an investigation into the transportation challenges facing residents in the MD 99 corridor. In 2017, during public meetings on the County’s 2018 Priority Letter, many residents shared their concerns about the safety and congestion challenges on MD 99, especially in the section between Marriottsville Road and the US 29/MD 99 intersection. Recognizing these challenges, the County initiated an investigation into the traffic, safety, and congestion challenges on the MD 99 corridor. The investigation is focused on gathering data and information and the impacts on residents, and the results will help guide future county and state actions.


For more information, please visit the project website: Maryland Route 99 Investigation

Complete Streets Corridor Studies

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.

Downtown Columbia Transportation Demand Management Plan

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

Robert Fulton Drive

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.

Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines

Shared-Use Pathway 30% Design

For more information about the shared-use pathway 30% design project, please visit the project page.

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.

 

WalkHoward

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. 

walkhoward.org

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

 

Paratransit Policy Review

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.

Meeting Materials 

November 14, 2018

Meeting Audio

Meeting Packet 

September 5, 2018

Meeting Audio

Meeting Informational Packet

Meeting Agenda

 

 

US 29 Pedestrian and Bike Bridge Project

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.

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 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