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.
For more information, please visit the project website: Maryland Route 99 Investigation
The Howard County Office of Transportation (OoT) developed a Downtown Columbia Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP) in conjunction with the Downtown Columbia Partnership (DTCP) and assistance by Wells + Associates. It is in final draft form. There will be a public meeting on July 10, 2018, additional details will be provided at a later date.
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
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.
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) :
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.
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
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.
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.
Short Range Transportation Development Plan
This document is an update to the Howard County Short-Range Transportation Development Plan (TDP), which is a short-term (typically a five-year period) plan to guide transit system development. The TDP provides a vision of the future public transportation system.
Howard County’s (County) last TDP was completed in 2003. Since that time, the transit program has undergone significant change. The TDP called for service expansion in several areas, and for the County to develop its own maintenance facility. Initially transit services were expanded, but in FY 2005 funding cuts reduced the amount of service by 21%, leading to a 4.3% drop in ridership. However, overall ridership recovered, and so ridership has increased from 672,178 in FY 2004 to over 818,182 in FY 08. In part this reflects expanded service hours and miles, but it also reflects other service improvements since that time. These include development of services that cross jurisdictional boundaries, providing regional linkages, such as the Silver Route. It also reflects improved marketing efforts, including bi-annual customer surveys of both the fixed-route and paratransit services, marketing and information materials in additional languages (Spanish and Korean), expanded hours of toll-free information lines and expanded customer service staffing to reduce waiting.The County has instituted a policy that all new transit vehicles will be hybrid gas- or diesel- electric to reduce the carbon footprint of the transit system. This policy uses County funding to pay for the incremental costs of the hybrid vehicles. New hybrid vehicles delivered so far include hybrid sedans for the paratransit system (offering improved access for those persons not using wheelchairs), and heavy-duty hybrid transit coaches for the busiest routes. In addition, the County has purchased low-floor busesto provide for easier access and quicker boarding.
The TDP is organized into five sections:
Chapter 1 includes an assessment of current and near-term unserved potential need
Chapter 2 provides an inventory and review of existing services
Chapter 3 documents stakeholder and community input
Chapter 4 develops alternatives to address identified needs and performance concerns
Chapter 5 recommends a plan for improvements (with phased implementation) including capital and operating budget projections
Howard County TDP.pdf
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.
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
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