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.

January 2017 - April 2017

  • Identify transit issues and opportunities.
  • Develop transit service options and organizational alternatives.

May 2017 - November 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.

December 2017 - April 2018 - Plan Review

  • Howard County Transit and Pedestrian Advisory Group
    George Howard Building - Vernon Gray Room
    3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    November 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Howard County Multimodal Transportation Board
    George Howard Building - Ellicott Room
    3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    December 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Howard County Council
    George Howard Building
    3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    April 16, 2018 (tentative)

  • Anne Arundel County Transportation Commission
    Heritage Complex - Independence Room
    2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
    December 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Anne Arundel County Council
    Upcoming 2018 meeting.

Public Input

Public engagement played 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.

Opportunities for public input regarding transit needs included:

  • Public meetings in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Prince George’s County .
    • The first round of public meetings was held in October 2016. Input on unmet transit needs and service issues/gaps with existing transit services were collected.

    • The second round of public meetings was held in August and September 2017. In this round of public meetings we presented service alternatives for new transit services and service improvements. We solicited input on which options make the most sense and which should be prioritized over the next five years.
  • Online surveys were also available. These brief surveys collected input on the top transit needs in the region and service improvements.
    • Fixed-Route Rider Survey - For users that primarily use the fixed-route service.
    • Mobility Rider Survey - For users that primarily use the ADA and demand-response service.
    • Community Survey - For individuals that do not currently use the RTA fixed-route or demand-response service.

  • 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 were used to develop service options to improve transit in the region.

Public Meetings

The second round of public meetings to discuss the Transit Development Plan's service and policy proposals was held at the following locations.

Round 2 Public Meetings

Howard County

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

     Columbia/Ellicott Room

     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,

501/Silver, 502/B

MTA Routes 75, 201

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

TM#1 - Public and Stakeholder Input

TM#1 - Existing Services

Rider Survey Results Summary

Service and Policy Proposal Flyer

Service Proposal Presentation

Service Proposals

Route 200 Series

Route 300 Series

Route 400 Series

Route 500 Series

Paratransit Policy Options

Transit Development Plan Draft Final Plan - January 2018

Due to the large file size of the final report, it is separated into the cover, table of contents, chapters, and the appendices. A summary of the report is also provided below. All of the files are in .pdf format.

To download the file click on the thumbnail to open the file and save it locally or right click on the thumbnail and select "Save Link As...".


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Demographics

Chapter 3 - Public Input

Chapter 4 - Existing Services

Chapter 5 - Alternatives

Chapter 6 - Transit Plan

Chapter 7 - Future Transit Development


Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Study Advisory Committee

The following representatives are members of the Study Advisory Committee:


For other general comments or questions related to the Central Maryland TDP, please contact:

Fred Fravel

Project Manager, KFH Group


Jason Quan

Deputy Project Manager, KFH Group