The Central Maryland Transit Development Plan:
Planning the Future of Transit in Our Region
Public transportation plays an important role in our community.
It connects residents with jobs, medical services, educational institutions, shopping and other key destinations.
It provides access to opportunities, contributes to economic prosperity, and enhances our quality of life.
Future investments in transit require both a unified vision and planning.
The Scope of Our Plan
The Transit Development Plan (TDP) 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.
- Establish the region's goals and objectives for transit.
- Review and assess current transit services.
- Identify unmet transit needs and services issues.
- Develop service alternatives, recommendations, and an implementation plan.
Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel are developing a short-range (five-year) Transit Development Plan (TDP) for Central Maryland. This area includes Anne Arundel County (except the City of Annapolis), Howard County, and northern Prince George’s County including the City of Laurel. The TDP planning process builds on or formulates the county’s or region’s goals and objectives for transit, reviews and assesses current transit services, identifies unmet transit needs, and develops an appropriate course of action to address the objectives in the short‐range future, typically a five‐year horizon. A completed TDP serves as a guide for the local transit system, providing a roadmap for implementing service and/or organizational changes, improvements, and/or potential expansion during the five‐year period.
August 2016 - December 2016
- Document TDP goals and objectives.
- Review and assess existing conditions.
- Conduct public meetings, surveys, and stakeholder interviews on unment needs.
January 2017 - April 2017
- Identify transit issues and opportunities.
- Develop transit service options and organizational alternatives.
May 2017 - September 2017
- Conduct public meetings to review service options.
- Identify and refine service recommendations.
- Develop draft TDP including implementation plan for service recommendations.
- Complete final TDP.
Public engagement will play a major role in developing the Central Maryland TDP. We asked to hear from those that already use transit in the region and from those that would consider using transit if improvements were made.
What are your unmet needs and the transit service issues that need to be addressed?
What service improvements would encourage you to try transit or use transit more often?
Opportunities for public input regarding transit needs included:
- Public meetings in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Prince George’s County
(open to all).
- The first round of public meetings was held in October 2016 (see below under Public Meetings for details). Input on unmet transit needs and service issues/gaps with existing transit services were collected.
- The second round of public meetings is planned for the Summer of 2017. In this round of public meetings we will present service alternatives for new transit services or service improvements. We want your input on which options make the most sense and which should be priorities over the next five years. We are currently in the process of securing the venues and dates for these public meetings. It is anticipated that the public meetings will occur in late August and September. Please check back on the locations and dates.
- An online survey was available by clicking on the link below. This brief survey collected input on the top transit needs in the region and service improvements.
- An interactive wikimap, which will allowed individuals to draw and comment on a map where transit services are needed was also provided.
In addition, the study team interviewed community stakeholders and reviewed recent plans, studies, and data to capture a full picture of transit needs and issues in Central Maryland. All this input and analysis are used to develop service options to improve transit in the region.
The second round of public meetings to discuss the Transit Development Plan's service and policy proposals have been scheduled.
Round 2 Public Meetings
A. North Laurel Community Center
Chesapeake Rooms I and II
9411 Whiskey Bottome Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Monday, August 21, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Served by: RTA Route 503/E
B. Non-Profit Center of Howard County
9770 Patuxent Woods Dr
Columbia, MD 21046
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Served by: RTA Routes 501/Silver, 503/E
C. George Howard Building
3430 Court House Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Monday, September 18, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Served by: RTA Route 405/Yellow
Anne Arundel County
D. Anne Arundel Community College at Arundel Mills Mall
7009 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Served by: RTA Routes 201/J, 202/K,
MTA Routes 75, 201
As materials from the study are available it will be posted for download.
Transit Development Plan Flyer
Public Meeting Boards
Public Meeting Presentation
TDP Briefing Paper
TM#1 - Public and Stakeholder Input
TM#1 - Existing Services
Rider Survey Results Summary
Service and Policy Proposal Flyer
Service Proposal Presentation
Route 200 Series
Route 300 Series
Route 400 Series
Route 500 Series
Paratransit Policy Options
Study Advisory Committee
The following representatives are members of the Study Advisory Committee:
This website will be updated periodically with details on upcoming public meetings and surveys, where you may provide your input on the future of transit in Central Maryland. For other general comments or questions related to the Central Maryland TDP, please contact: