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.

About Us

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.
  • Identify transit issues and opportunities.

December 2016 - February 2017

  • Develop transit service options and organizational alternatives.
  • Conduct public meetings to review service options.
  • Identify and refine service recommendations.

March 2017 - July 2017

  • Develop draft TDP including implementation plan for service recommendations.
  • Conduct public meetings to review draft TDP.
  • Complete final TDP.

Public Input

Public engagement will play a major role in developing the Central Maryland TDP. We want 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 during the Central Maryland TDP process will include:

  • Public meetings in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Prince George’s County (open to all).
    • The first round of public meetings has been scheduled for October 2016 (see below under Public Meetings for details). We want to collect your input on unmet transit needs and service issues or gaps with existing transit services.
    • The second round of public meetings is planned for February 2017. 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.
  • An online survey that is now available, just click on the link below. This brief survey will collect your input on the top transit needs in the region and suggested service improvements.

  • An interactive wikimap, which will allow you to draw and comment on a map where transit services are needed. A link will be provided to the wikimap once it is available.

In addition, the study team will be interviewing community stakeholders and reviewing recent plans, studies, and data to capture a full picture of transit needs and issues in Central Maryland. All this input and analysis will be used to develop service options to improve transit in the region.

Public Meetings

Howard County

A. George Howard Building

     Columbia/Ellicott Room

     3430 Court House Dr

     Ellicott City, MD 21043

     Wednesday, October 19, 2016

     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

     Served by:   RTA Route 405/Yellow

B. North Laurel Community Center

     Chesapeake Rooms I and II

     9411 Whiskey Bottome Rd

     Laurel, MD 20723

     Thursday, October 20, 2016

     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

     Served by:   RTA Route 503/E

C. Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center

     1st Floor, Room 6

     6751 Gateway Dr

     Columbia, MD 21046

     Thursday, October 27, 2016

     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

     Served by:   RTA Route 406/Red

Anne Arundel County

D. Arundel Mills Mall

     Harmans Community Room

(right of the food court, entrance is outside the mall behind the brown wall - across from the Maryland Live! casino entrance)

     7000 Arundel Mills Circle

     Hanover, MD 21076

     Wednesday, October 26, 2016

     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

     Served by:   RTA Routes 201/J, 202/K,

501/Silver, 502/B

MTA Routes 17, 201, 202

City of Laurel/Northern Prince George's County

E. Laurel Municpal Center

     Council Chambers

     8103 Sandy Spring Rd

     Laurel, MD 20707

     Thursday, October 13, 2016

     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

     Served by:   RTA Route 302/G

MetroBus Routes 89, 89M

Project Materials

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

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:

Fred Fravel

Project Manager, KFH Group


Jill Stober

Deputy Project Manager, KFH Group