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, environmental impact and preliminary engineering. The Phase II effort focuses on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system within three primary corridors (US 29, Broken Land Parkway, and US 1), and examines specific route alignment and stations, ancillary feeder transit services, landside services such as park and rides and pedestrian accessibility, preliminary operating costs, and land use plans to support high quality transit service within and between them. The aim is to identify and evaluate the corridors and feasible alternatives that demonstrate the potential for attracting riders and receiving funding.
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
Phase 2 Howard County BRT Technical Report
Phase 2- Howard County Model Development
Phase 2-Howard County BRT Service Alignments
Phase 2-Service Planning for BRT
Phase 2-Combined Station Planning for BRT
The Howard County Office of Transportation initiated this Location and Site Analysis Study for the relocation, expansion, and reconfiguration of the existing Downtown Columbia Transit Center to serve as the central hub for future county and regional transit services. The purpose of this Study was to:
• Identify a preferred site, size and location for the new transit center;
• Estimate the number of bus bays that the transit center would need, including those to accommodate
future BRT service;
• Develop site and transit center concepts to meet future needs;
• Provide estimates of improvement costs.
Downtown Columbia Transit Center
Howard County is undertaking a US 1 Safety Evaluation in response to a significant increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities along US 1 in 2015 and 2016 and in light of increasing residential and mixed-use development in this historically commercial and industrial corridor. For more information, click here.
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. For more information, visit the project website: BikeHoward.com
BikeHoward Express is an accelerated three-year initiative to build a 48-mile core network of bicycle facilities serving central and eastern Howard County. For more information, click here.
Public transportation plays an important role in our community
The Central Maryland Transit Development Plan serves as a guide for transit services in the Central Maryland region, including Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Northern Prince George’s County, and the City of Laurel. It provides a roadmap for implementing service and organizational improvements, including potential service expansion, during the next five years.
The Howard County Council endorsed the Transit Development Plan on May 7, 2018. Below is the endorsed plan (May 2018) :
Cover, Table of Contents, & Approvals
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 1 - Introduction
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 2 - Demographics and Land Use
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 3 - Public Input
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 4 - Existing Services
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 5 - Alternatives
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 6 - Plan
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Chapter 7 - Future Transit Development
Endorsed Central Maryland Transit Development Plan Appendices
A three page plan highlights document can be found here. An Executive Summary can be found here.
Central Maryland Regional Transit Facility
Through a joint partnership between Anne Arundel County, Howard County, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), and the Federal Transit Administration renovated and expanded the transit operations facility at 8801 Corridor Road in Savage, completing the projecting in the summer of 2015. The $10 Million facility on seven acres of land is a 20,000 square feet certified LEED Silver building with dedicated service space and parking for over 100 transit and service vehicles, bus washing space, training and office space. The facility is sized to allow expansion of the regional transit to a larger market.
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
The Department of Recreation and Parks has constructed a trail connection adjacent to Old Guilford Road between the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge and the Patuxent Branch Trail to Lake Elkhorn.
For more information, click here.